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With or without ut? A study of juxtaposed subordinate clauses in Plautus

Grant number: 15/26060-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2016
Effective date (End): October 01, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Languages
Principal researcher:José Marcos Mariani de Macedo
Grantee:Alex Mazzanti Júnior
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/06554-9 - With or without ut? A synchronic and diachronic study of juxtaposed subordinate clauses in Archaic Latin, BE.EP.MS


Plautus is the most ancient Latin writer whose work comprises a sizable amount of almost complete texts dating from the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. His plays allow us to study more ancient structures of the Latin language, different from those of Classical Latin, which is based on authors like Cicero. One of these structures concerns the use of subjunctive verbs as complements to other verbs. This is what certain grammarians call Substantive Clauses with Subjunctive, among other names. These clauses can figure with or without the conjunction ut, so the absence of this conjunction is considered a more archaic construction. The aim of the research will be to verify in the 21 plays of Plautus how the language works synchronically concerning the presence or absence of the conjunction ut in these Substantive Clauses with Subjunctive. To do so, I will focus on the main verbs facio and uolo, studying how they work with subjunctives as complements. Firstly, I will do a quantitative analysis, checking what is Plautus usage preference; then, a qualitative analysis, checking if there are any explanations from contextual settings like metrics, play characters or morphosyntax that may elucidate in which situations Plautus uses or does not use ut.

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
JÚNIOR, Alex Mazzanti. With or without ut? A study of subjunctival complement clauses of facio and uolo in Archaic Latin. 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas São Paulo.

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