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How To Move Towards Somebody In Plautus' Comedies: Some Remarks On The Adverb Obuiam

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This chapter analyzes the semantic contribution of the adverb obuiam, basically 'towards', to the semantics of motion verbs with which it occurs, especially the two motion verbs par excellence, i.e., obuiam ire /uenire. It compares two synonyms with obuiam, namely, aduersus 'towards, against' and contra 'against'. At this point a brief mention of the adverb obiter, which has the same meaning as obuiam, is in order, even though it is not attested in Archaic and Early Latin, and therefore not even in Plautus' comedies. The chapter examines the semantic and pragmatic conditions under which the pair obuiam ire / obuiam uenire are employed. In Plautus' texts there are also at least two adverbs synonymous with obuiam that occur with the same couple of motion verbs, apparently in the same contexts: contra and aduersus.

Keywords: aduersus; obuiam; Plautus' comedies



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