Las construcciones de "miseret" y de "mesereor/miseror" en latín

  1. Tur, Cristina
Cuadernos de filología clásica: Estudios latinos

ISSN: 1131-9062

Year of publication: 2013

Volume: 33

Issue: 2

Pages: 239-251

Type: Article

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The main goal of this essay is to describe the predicative frame of the verb miseret in Latin, which, as the rest of the impersonal feeling verbs (paenitet, piget, pudet and taedet), has a peculiar syntactic construction (with two complements, one in Accusative, and the other in Genitive). This structure of verbs has been treated as exceptional, and even absurd, by the traditional grammars. Miseret presents characteristics that make it different from the others impersonal verbs: in coexistence with the impersonal construction, there also are, from old, an intransitive personal construction (misereor) and a transitive one (miseror). In this research, we will attempt to perform an analysis of these constructions and their syntactic distribution criteria to justify theirsynchronic coexistence. For that purpose, we have studied a wide corpusfrom Plautus to Tacitus.