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LINGUIST List 24.1555

Fri Apr 05 2013

Diss: Latin Subgroup/Syntax/Latin: Popan: 'Nominal Hyperbaton in Latin...'

Editor for this issue: Lili Xia <lxialinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Apr-2013
From: Marin Popan <marinpopannyahoo.de>
Subject: Nominal Hyperbaton in Latin: Its building, typology, text building strategy
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Institution: Université de Toulouse
Program: ERSS Universite de Toulouse 2 Le Mirail
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2012

Author: Marin Popan

Dissertation Title: Nominal Hyperbaton in Latin: Its building, typology, text building strategy

Dissertation URL: http://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-00782345

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Latin (lat)
Language Family(ies): Latin Subgroup

Dissertation Director:
Olga Spevak
Christian Touratier
Concepcion Cabrillana
Jean Francois Thomas

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation, devoted to hyperbaton in Latin, is divided into three
chapters. The aim of chapter I is to examine the concept of hyperbaton
used by Roman rhetoricians grammarians. It shows that this term is
used in two distinct ways. Firstly, hyperbaton in the narrow sense
covers anastrophe and transiectio, i.e. a discontinuous phrase,
especially a discontinuous noun phrase. Secondly, Roman
grammarians conceive hyperbaton in a broad sense for designating
five types of inversion of word order. Furthermore, Julian of Toledo
adds a type of “long hyperbaton”, i.e. long inserted parentheses. The
first part of chapter II provides an overview of reflections about
hyperbaton in philological and linguistic literature. Hyperbaton is
traditionally regarded as a stylistic figure; however, Modern studies on
this topic focus on pragmatic implication of the use of discontinuous
phrases. The second part of chapter II presents the concept of framing
and median field (sequence of inserted words), developed by German
linguistics. Chapter III provides a typology of words inserted into a
discontinuous noun phrase formed by a genitive and its head noun.
Attention is paid to the order in which inserted elements are linearised.
The research is based on a corpus of discontinuous noun phrases
collected mainly in Caesar, Cicero, and Historia Augusta. The median
field can be formed by various words or groups of words. Examples of
median fields with two, three, and more words and their ordering are
presented in synoptic tables.

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