The aim of this paper is to investigate the morphology and syntax of numerals in Old Latvian according to a diachronic perspective. Several occurrences of numerals in the oldest texts (16th-18th centuries) were collected. As far as syntax is concerned, an alternation between the regular pattern of agreement and the use of a ‘common case’ is observed in numerals 1-9. Also ten and the other round numerals reveal a double behaviour, that is the partitive and non-partitive constructions. In spite of the ‘pervasive’ presence of a puzzling grapheme <e> in many endings, traces of the partitive model beside the non-partitive model are discovered in the oldest texts. Their distribution is accounted for by adopting a four-context pattern of analysis. Turning to morphology, I focused on the change from full forms to reduced and invariable forms. The data allow an update of the currently accepted chronology and a clarification of the gradual steps of this process consistently with the theory of the turning point.

Variabilità morfosintattica dei numerali in lettone antico

CERRI, ADRIANO
2013

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the morphology and syntax of numerals in Old Latvian according to a diachronic perspective. Several occurrences of numerals in the oldest texts (16th-18th centuries) were collected. As far as syntax is concerned, an alternation between the regular pattern of agreement and the use of a ‘common case’ is observed in numerals 1-9. Also ten and the other round numerals reveal a double behaviour, that is the partitive and non-partitive constructions. In spite of the ‘pervasive’ presence of a puzzling grapheme in many endings, traces of the partitive model beside the non-partitive model are discovered in the oldest texts. Their distribution is accounted for by adopting a four-context pattern of analysis. Turning to morphology, I focused on the change from full forms to reduced and invariable forms. The data allow an update of the currently accepted chronology and a clarification of the gradual steps of this process consistently with the theory of the turning point.
Cerri, Adriano
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