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

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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.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftDiachronica
Volym35
Nummer3
Sidor (från-till)429-449
Antal sidor21
ISSN0176-4225
StatusPublicerad - 2018
Externt publiceradJa
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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