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<i>praetor urbanus – urbanus praetor</i>: some aspects of attributive adjective placement in Latin

David Langslow

in Laws and Rules in Indo‐European

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609925
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741579 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609925.003.0016
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This chapter reviews Marouzeau’s famous opposition of praetor urbanus ‘the urban praetor’ (with postposed determining adjective) vs urbanus praetor ‘an urbane praetor’ (with anteposed qualifying adjective). A prose corpus (from Varro to Suetonius) of 311 instances of attributive urbanus is used to illustrate and assess traditional and more recent attempts to account for the placement of an attributive adjective in Latin (AN or NA), and as the basis for some statements about the placement of urbanus. The evidence of the corpus clearly indicates a basic NA order for urbanus in all its senses. It emerges that Marouzeau’s urbanus praetor type owes the anteposition of the adjective not only, if at all, to its ‘metaphorical’ meaning, but rather to contextual focus. Moreover, there is no difference detectable between the placement of literal/technical and metaphorical urbanus either when used with other modifiers or in hyperbaton.

Keywords: Latin language; Latin prose; word order; Marouzeau; noun phrase; attributive adjective; adjective placement; hyperbaton; multiple modification

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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