Deponency in Latin<sup>*</sup>

Zheng Xu, Mark Aronoff and Frank Anshen

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

Deponency in Latin*

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This chapter discusses an analysis of Latin deponents using two perspectives: a syntactico-semantic perspective and a morphological analysis. It shows that several factors play a role in predicting whether a verb in Latin may be deponent or not. Semantically, Latin deponent verbs have been determined not to take physically affected objects. The chapter also notes that a Latin verb derived from a noun or adjective tends to be deponent if its meaning is non-causative.

Keywords: Latin deponents; semantics; morphological analysis; Latin deponent verbs; physically affected objects

Chapter.  7018 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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