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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, and Andrew Hippisley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264102

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.001.0001

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Deponency in Latin*

Deponency in Latin*

(p.127) 6 Deponency in Latin*
Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Zheng Xu

Mark Aronoff

Frank Anshen

British Academy

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

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