By Benjamin W. Fortson IV

This publication contains linguistic case-studies of chosen good points of the language and meter of Plautus. those phenomena are investigated for the sunshine they could shed at the prosodic association of Latin speech and the intersection among prosodic phonology and syntax; a few also are put in a broader comparative-historical context. themes mentioned comprise Meyer´s and Luchs´s legislation, break up resolutions, contraction of est (""is""), enjambement, iambic shortening, and the pragmatic results at the rhythmic association of words.

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It may have been noticed that the senarius and septenarius both have an identical cadence ([ §), and if one counts backwards from that, ignoring foot-divisions, one sees the essential identity of the senarius with all of the septenarius after the latters opening cretic (– [ –): 24 See in general Gerick 1996. It has often been averred that the popular usage of the uersus quadratus points to a native origin of the meter rather than a Greek one (e. g. Duckworth 1952, 8), but this is not assured. 25 In my representational scheme, I have shown the canonical placement of the caesura after the fifth place in the senarius and of the diaeresis after the eighth place in the septenarius; less often, it is two places farther to the right.

Poen. 500 omnis extollo ex hoc die in alium diem. Ps. 810 Non ego item cenam condio ut alii coqui. Trin. 311 Nimio satiust ut opust ted ita esse quam ut animo lubet. Truc. 49 Si raras noctes ducit, ab animo perit; Truc. 502 Peperit mulier, ut ego opinor. :: Vin adeam ad hominem? :: Volo. Similar to the preceding set of examples, the sequence [ / [ [ – / in almost all these cases begins with a preposition or conjunction governing or introducing the following word, to which it was most likely prosodically subordinate or cliticized.

500 omnis extollo ex hoc die in alium diem. Ps. 810 Non ego item cenam condio ut alii coqui. Trin. 311 Nimio satiust ut opust ted ita esse quam ut animo lubet. Truc. 49 Si raras noctes ducit, ab animo perit; Truc. 502 Peperit mulier, ut ego opinor. :: Vin adeam ad hominem? :: Volo. Similar to the preceding set of examples, the sequence [ / [ [ – / in almost all these cases begins with a preposition or conjunction governing or introducing the following word, to which it was most likely prosodically subordinate or cliticized.

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