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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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Latin as a satellite-framed language

Latin as a satellite-framed language

(p.69) 4 Latin as a satellite-framed language
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

The aim of the chapter is to explore the status of Latin as a satellite-framed language, already hinted at by Talmy. Talmy’s theory of the expression of motion and change of state events is presented and an adaptation to the neo-constructionist theory put forward in Chapter 2 is proposed. The difference between satellite- and verb-framed languages is reducible to properties of the Vocabulary Items realizing the functional head Path, encoding a transition. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the exploration of different constructions showing the satellite-framed nature of Latin: complex directed motion constructions, constructions with unselected objects and constructions involved in locative alternation, among others. The importance of prefixes in satellite-framed constructions in Latin is emphasized throughout, as well as the adequacy of a neo-constructionist approach to verbal elasticity in this language.

Keywords:   Talmy, satellite-framed language, verb-framed language, prefix, verbal elasticity, complex directed motion construction, unselected object, locative alternation, Latin

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