The Umbrian perfect in -nç-/-nś-

Willi, Andreas. (2010) The Umbrian perfect in -nç-/-nś-. Transactions of the Philological Society, 108 (1). pp. 1-14.

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The origin of the Umbrian perfect suffix -nc-/-nsgrave- has been variously explained, but none of the theories proposed so far is satisfactory at the same time from a philological, semantic, typological, and word-formational point of view. After a critical review, the present paper proposes a derivation from a periphrastic structure {(action) noun in the accusative + perfect of *fak- 'to make, do'}, which was univerbated and underwent a series of regular sound changes in Umbrian. A number of close parallels in various Indo-European languages are pointed out, and it is suggested that the Umbrian periphrasis became so successful because its phonological shape at some point allowed a syntactic reanalysis as {part.pres.act. + perfect of *fak-}.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gräzistik
UniBasel Contributors:Willi, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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