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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

The aim of the book is set: to study the morphosyntax of events of transition cross-linguistically, focusing on Latin and comparing it with other languages. The methodology is also introduced, involving a deductive approach to the grammar of unspoken languages, which in part overcomes the problem of the lack of negative evidence. In the case at hand, a particular theory of the morphosyntactic expression of events of transition generates the prediction that Latin, being a satellite-framed language, should allow adjectival resultative constructions. This prediction is tested through corpus research (Bibliotheca Teubneriana Latina 2) for the period of Early and Classical Latin (third century BC to second century AD). Additional sources of data are listed. The chapter concludes with a roadmap of the six remaining chapters and the appendix to section 5.2.1.

Keywords:   methodology, corpus research, Early Latin, Classical Latin, negative evidence, unspoken language

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