Experiential Constructions in Latin

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This volume is about the morphosyntactic encoding of feelings and emotions in Latin. It offers a corpus-based investigation of the Latin data, benefiting from insights of the functional and typological approach to language. Chiara Fedriani describes a patterned variation in Latin Experiential constructions, also revisiting the so-called impersonal constructions, and shows how and why such a variation is at the root of diachronic change. The data discussed in this book also show that Latin constitutes an interesting stage within a broader diachronic development, since it retains some ancient Indo-European features that gradually disappeared and went lost in the Romance languages.

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Chiara Fedriani is a postdoc research fellow at the University of Bergamo. She graduated in Classical Languages and Linguistics at the University of Pavia, where she also received her PhD (2011). She visited the Universities of Bergen and Oslo, where she was involved in historical and typological research projects on argument structure and pragmatic resources in ancient Indo-European languages. She has published articles on Latin syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
The topics addressed in the book should be of interest to historical linguists and classical philologists in the first place. This study is relevant also to general linguists and cognitivists interested in manifestations of the syntax-semantic interface.
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