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Siem, sies, siet dans les vers de Plaute et de Térence

Abstract : Usually, in Latin, forms of the present subjunctive mood siem, sies, siet... are considered as archaisms in Plautus and Terence’s plays, and for that reason –and because of their prosodic nature–, we generally consider that they must appear at tne end of the verse in the iambo-trochaic system. Things however are a bit more complicated than this. Indeed, when these forms appear, we may note that they don’t systematically take place at the end of verses or at the end of hemistiches: for metrical, stylistic or syntactic rea- sons, they may be used in places that most of the time coincide with pauses of minor im- portance. After that, we may show how these forms are included in syntactic structures that create conditions of a formulaic style, sustained by the metrical organisation of the verse and by the verbal commutations. Finally, in this way, we’ll notice some differences between Plautus and Terence regarding linguistics, prosody and metrics. PDF available at:
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Antoine Foucher. Siem, sies, siet dans les vers de Plaute et de Térence. Revista de Estudios Latinos, Sociedad de Estudios Latinos, 2003, 3, pp.11-28. ⟨hal-02572186⟩



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