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asked 2018-09-24 17:14:32 -0500

Two Questions: 1. Are you aware of any work that comprehensively: (a) explains how to determine all of the component morphemes included in each of Classical Latin's multitude of conjugational forms that include a suffix called a personal ending, i.e., the forms typically categorized as Indicative or Subjunctive, and (b) identifies the specific grammatical denotation that each such morpheme denotes or may denote? If so, please provide the name of the work and its author(s). If not, please answer next question. 2. How likely is it that a scholar could complete such a work?

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answered 2018-09-28 03:57:56 -0500

Gerard Cheshire gravatar image

The problem here is that Latin has too many variants. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire the language of Latin - both formal and spoken - was left scattered over a vast geographical area. As a result, the Latin 'meme pool' lost its official governance, so variance crept in. Therefore a comprehensive work would be virtually impossible to complete, as there will be variants that are still to be discovered.

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Thank you for your response. Relative to the scope of Latin that you addressed, your answer is comprehensive. But my questions are intended in reference only to the Indicative and Subjunctive forms used in Classical Age literature. I hope you will be able to answer regarding that limited scope.MWB gravatar image[email protected] ( 2018-10-01 22:17:32 -0500 )edit
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