On the distribution of adnominal prepositional phrases in Latin prose

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David B. Wharton, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The use of prepositional phrases as elements in noun phrases in Latin—to be sure, a rather restricted use of prepositions—is a phenomenon that has not been deeply studied. It is sometimes taught in schools that such phrases are simply not allowed in Latin. Thus, although one may say (in English), “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” or “The man with the blue guitar,” common wisdom in Latin pedagogy says that Romans would not use phrases such as avis in manu aestimatur duobus in silva or ille vir cum cithara caerulea. But this is clearly not accurate: although the standard English-language handbook grammars contain almost no discussion of the subject, Kühner-Stegmann provides several pages of examples and discussion of the phenomenon, Hofmann-Szantyr has a brief discussion with good examples, and Christian Jäneke’s dissertation is wholly devoted to such prepositional uses in Cicero. Additionally, several of the articles on prepositions in the TLL devote specific attention to adnominal uses of them, sometimes providing alphabetical lists of nouns to which they have been attached.

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Classical Philology 104:2 2009, pp. 184-207. https://doi.org/10.1086/605342
Language: English
Date: 2009
Latin, adnominal prepositional phrases, prose

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