Left-Dislocation in Latin : Topics and Syntax in Republican Texts

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Title: Left-Dislocation in Latin : Topics and Syntax in Republican Texts
Author: Halla-aho, Hilla
Publisher: Brill
Date: 2018
Language: eng
ISBN: 978-90-04-35746-4
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004357464
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312257
Abstract: In the construction known as left-dislocation, an element appears in a fronted position, before the clause to which it belongs, usually introducing the topic of the sentence. Based on a detailed analysis of syntax, information structure and pragmatic organization, this study explores how left-dislocation is used in republican Latin comedy, prose and inscriptions as a device to introduce topics or other pragmatically prominent elements. Taking into consideration especially relative clause syntax and constraints of each text type, Hilla Halla-aho shows that, in the context of early Latin syntax and the evolving standards of the written language, left-dislocation performs similar functions in dramatic dialogue, legal inscriptions and archaic prose.
Description: This title is published in Open Access with the support of the University of Helsinki.
Subject (yso): linguistics
classical languages
Latin literature
Rights: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Usage restriction: openAccess

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