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Title: On the left periphery of Latin embedded clauses
Authors: Danckaert, Lieven
Keywords: Indo-European Languages
Italic Languages
Latin language
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Universiteit Gent
Abstract: In this thesis, I will be concerned with word order in Latin embedded clauses, and more specifically with adverbial clauses. I will mainly concentrate on a specific word order pattern in which one or more constituents from an embedded clause are fronted to a position to the left of a subordinating conjunction. Chapters 1 to 3 provide the necessary background about the framework that I adopt, about the syntax of adverbial clauses and about the corpus study that I have conducted. In chapters 4 to 7, I will present my own analyses. The material in this thesis is meant to be relevant for both classical philologists and for formal syntacticians. Therefore, I have provided a rather lengthy introduction, mainly for the reader who is not well versed in formal syntactic theory (chapter 1). Moreover, for the reader not familiar with Latin, all Latin examples are translated and accompanied by a word-for-word gloss. The Latin examples mainly come from the corpus described in chapter 3, but where this corpus did not immediately furnish the data that I needed, I felt free to look at other texts, mainly from Livy or from the prose texts on the CD-ROM Hyperbase (Brunet & Mellet n.d., see ch. 3) which were not already included in the regular corpus. I have used a very limited number of examples from poetry, but only in cases where I was confident that the phenomenon to be illustrated is the same in poetry as in prose. Since all the Latin sentences are attested corpus examples, I chose to represent them in italics: this has the advantage that it clearly sets apart the Latin text from the English glosses and translations. In order to obtain some typographic homogeneity, I put all examples from old and modern languages in italics, irrespective of whether they are attested 'real life' examples or sentences made up by myself or by other linguists.
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