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Durante dos días anduvo buscando...

Title in English Two days he walked looking for...


Year of publication 2007
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sborník prací Filozofické fakulty brněnské univerzity
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords periphrasis; gerund; present participle; Itinerarium Antonini Placentini; Late Latin; grammaticalization
Description The submitted article examines possible interpretations of the construction ambulavit querendum / ambulavit querendo, to be found in the so called Itinerarium Antonini Placentini from the 6th century. The interpretation of the gerund as means of expressing purpose does not seem probable because of the existence of temporal durative complement. This supposition is supported by the fact that the author of the later manuscript used ablative instead of the original accusative. Another question handled in the paper is whether ambulavit is a full verb followed by a predicativum or whether it can be a periphrasis at an early stage of grammaticalization. However, on the basis of the textual evidence we cannot give a straightforward answer to the above stated question. In view of the comparison with other Late Latin texts and the frequent use of predicative participles, I consider it more probable that querendo is a predicativum.
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