Sabellian Demonstratives

Forms and Functions


Past research on the Sabellian languages has been devoted mainly to the phonetic and morphological features of these languages as elements for the reconstruction of the prehistoric stages of Latin. The present book aims at analysing the semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic features of a subset of grammatical terms, the demonstratives. It contains a thorough description of their synchronic behaviour, which permits both a comparison to the Latin data with new hypotheses on the epigraphic genres in Republican Italy and a reconstruction of the Italic origins of these terms based on typological principles. Neither the grammar of Sabellian nor the pragmatic scope of the Sabellian inscriptions should be considered a priori identical to their Latin comparanda.

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Emmanuel Dupraz, docteur (2003), Université Paris IV, habilitation (2010), EPHE, is maître de conférences of Latin Linguistics at the Université de Rouen. He has published on Sabellian languages and epigraphy, including Les Vestins à l’époque tardo-républicaine (PURH, 2010).
"This book is a valuable contribution to the study of Sabellian grammar. Dupraz's analyses of sometimes very obscure passages of Sabellian texts are clear and well argued. He is careful to emphasise problems caused by uncertainty of
interpretation, lack of data, and different genres of texts." Nicholas Zair, The Linguist List, 11/07/2012

"[The new framework...of Sabellic (or Italic) demonstratives] quite robustly structured. One of the reasons for this may be the thoroughness [of Emmanuel Dupraz]; he takes pains to treat even minor derivatives from the demonstrative stems with great caution. The way he provides translations of the texts is also well-balanced; he is fair to cite a wide variety of references, whereby readers can objectively judge matters for themselves. Moreover, for the sake of clarity, he frequently stops to summarize what he has seen from the data and proposed about it. The final conclusion of the work (313–315) is also very concise." Kanehiro Nishimura, Kratylos, Vol. 58 (2013), pp. 47-57.

"Overall, this book is likely to be a lasting point of reference for anyone studying the Sabellian languages, not just for its detailed analysis of the demonstratives, but for its contribution to the scholarship on the stylistics and pragmatics of a range of Sabellian inscriptions." Katherine McDonald, Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 104 (November 2014), pp. 304-305.
Scholars and students in the fields of Latin and Italic linguistics, Indo-European linguistics, typological linguistics, Latin epigraphy, and history of Republican Italy.