Archaic syntax in Indo-European: The spread of transitivity in Latin and French
Bauer, B. L. M.
(2000). Archaic syntax in Indo-European: The spread of transitivity in Latin and French
. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Several grammatical features in early Indo-European traditionally have not been understood. Although Latin, for example, was a nominative language, a number of its inherited characteristics do not fit that typology and are difficult to account for, such as stative mihi est constructions to express possession, impersonal verbs, or absolute constructions. With time these archaic features have been replaced by transitive structures (e.g. possessive ‘have’). This book presents an extensive comparative and historical analysis of archaic features in early Indo-European languages and their gradual replacement in the history of Latin and early Romance, showing that the new structures feature transitive syntax and fit the patterns of a nominative language.