LINGUIST List 24.1555

Fri Apr 05 2013

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

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Date: 05-Apr-2013
From: Marin Popan <>
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

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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 threechapters. The aim of chapter I is to examine the concept of hyperbatonused by Roman rhetoricians grammarians. It shows that this term isused in two distinct ways. Firstly, hyperbaton in the narrow sensecovers anastrophe and transiectio, i.e. a discontinuous phrase,especially a discontinuous noun phrase. Secondly, Romangrammarians conceive hyperbaton in a broad sense for designatingfive types of inversion of word order. Furthermore, Julian of Toledoadds a type of “long hyperbaton”, i.e. long inserted parentheses. Thefirst part of chapter II provides an overview of reflections abouthyperbaton in philological and linguistic literature. Hyperbaton istraditionally regarded as a stylistic figure; however, Modern studies onthis topic focus on pragmatic implication of the use of discontinuousphrases. The second part of chapter II presents the concept of framingand median field (sequence of inserted words), developed by Germanlinguistics. Chapter III provides a typology of words inserted into adiscontinuous 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 phrasescollected mainly in Caesar, Cicero, and Historia Augusta. The medianfield can be formed by various words or groups of words. Examples ofmedian fields with two, three, and more words and their ordering arepresented in synoptic tables.

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