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La phrase Segmentée protoromane

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All Romance languages form segmented sentences of the type illustrated by French Paul, je le vois, literally ‘Paul, I him see’, and Je le vois, Paul, literally ‘I him see, Paul’, where Paul is at the same time object of the verb voir and theme of the sentence, referring to the preceding text or to the situation. This construction constitutes a problem for historical linguistics insofar as we do not know whether it originates in Proto-Romance or has been formed separately and independently in each of the Romance languages. According to the hypothesis presented in this paper, the segmented sentence at issue originates and can probably be accounted for in Proto-Romance.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

    Die Romanischen Forschungen sind eine der ältesten deutschen Fachzeitschriften. Ihr Gegenstand sind die romanischen Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgeber und Beirat pflegen die Verbindung von Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft und bevorzugen Beiträge und Rezensionen mit einer gesamtromanischen Fragestellung. Die Publikationssprachen sind außer allen romanischen Sprachen das Deutsche und Englische.
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