A classification of Latin compounds

A classification of Latin compounds

Postponed to a date to be define

Luisa Brucale
Università di Palermo

In my lecture I will propose an in-depth description of the mechanisms that govern compounding processes in Latin, updated with the results of the most recent literature.
More specifically, I will focus on: 1. the nature of basic constituents of Latin compounds; 2. the differentiation between compounds and other types of constructions involving two or more components.
The fundamental patterns for the formation of Latin compounds will be exemplified and a criterion for their classification will be proposed.
I will pay particular attention to the analysis of Latin verbal compounds whose second member is a verbal constituent connected with the verb facio.
After an overall description of these constructions, I will focus particularly on: – those types that carry a causative meaning, such as calefacio, labefacio, amplifico etc; – the relationship between morphological causatives and the other means that Latin has to encode causative meaning.
I will also try to explain what kind of causativity they express and to what extent they are consistent with the existing typological classifications.

Luisa Brucale is associate professor of General Linguistics at the “Culture e Società” department of the University of Palermo. She graduated in Classics in 1994 and received her PhD in Linguistics from the Roma Tre University in 2000. She teaches General Linguistics for the Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature and Models of Linguistic Analysis for the Master Degree in Languages and Literatures: interculturality and teaching.
Her main research areas concern the history of ancient linguistics, the morphology of Greek and Latin, the expression of spatial relations in Greek, Latin and Sicilian, the polysemy of prepositions and preverbs. More recently she has worked on the expression of counter-directionality and reversivity in Latin and the formation of modals in Sicilian, together with Egle Mocciaro; with the latter and with Maria Cristina Lo Baido, she is studying the Sicilian discourse markers whose formation includes the verb sapere ‘to know’.

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