Spoken Latin behind Written Texts: Formulaicity and Salience in Medieval Documentary Texts

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Abstrakti

This study exploits treebanking to investigate how spoken language infiltrated into legal Latin in early medieval Italy. Documents are always formulaic, but they also always contain a ‘free’ part where the case in question is described. This paper uses this difference to measure how ten linguistic features, representative of the evolution that took place between Classical and Late Latin, are distributed between the formulaic and free parts. Some variants are attested equally often in both parts of the documents, while perceptually or conceptually salient variants appear to be preserved in their conservative form mainly in the formulaic parts. Conceptual salience will be defined as the cognitive prominence of a (syntactic) construction.
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
LehtiDiachronica
Vuosikerta35
Numero3
Sivut429-449
Sivumäärä21
ISSN0176-4225
TilaJulkaistu - 2018
Julkaistu ulkoisestiKyllä
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

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