Publication details

Haberi + passive perfect participle



Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Glotta. Zeitschrift für griechische und lateinische Sprache
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords Late Latin; habere; haberi; passive perfect participle; grammaticalization
Description This paper examines sequences of passive forms of the verb habere with the passive perfect participle in Late Latin texts from the 6th to 8th centuries. The passive verb haberi + participle can have various meanings ranging from resultativity and a focus on previous action, to a meaning equivalent to esse. Its use is marked by variability and ambiguity. Factors that could influence the interpretation of individual instances are also examined. Context seems to be of great importance. It is suggested that the use of haberi may have been influenced also by the spread of habere and the development of its meaning, the development of the impersonal habet and grammaticalization of habere + passive perfect participle that was under way at that time.