The Oscan perfect in -TT-

Willi, Andreas. (2016) The Oscan perfect in -TT-. Transactions of the Philological Society, 114 (1). pp. 75-94.

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Oscan secondary verbs form their perfect with a suffix -tt-, whose origin has been much debated. After a critical review of earlier suggestions, which have assumed either a reanalysis within a specific model paradigm or some periphrastic source, a new periphrastic theory is presented. According to this proposal, the perfect in -tt- is to be traced back to the past perfective variant of a progressive periphrasis involving a present participle + auxiliary stand (for be). Such a combination not only provides a phonologically satisfactory starting point for the attested Oscan forms, but it also enjoys typological support from comparable progressive periphrases both in the Sabellic (Osco-Umbrian) subgroup of Italic and in the closely related history of Latin/Romance.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Fachbereich Gr├Ązistik
UniBasel Contributors:Willi, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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