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4 The me pudet Construction

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This chapter provides insights into the semantic and morphosyntactic characterization of a narrow set of verbs that instantiate the non-centered ACCEXP- GENSTIM construction and outlines their development in the history of Latin. It briefly considers the complex issue of the origin of the construction to open up a discussion of the implications for a general perspective on possible alignment changes in Proto-Indo-European. The chapter deals with the specific category of non-centered constructions, to which five Latin verbs belong, namely pudet 'to be ashamed', taedet 'to be bored, weary', miseret 'to feel pity', piget 'to feel annoyance, pity or regret', and paenitet 'to repent, be sorry'. The detailed survey of pudet, paenitet, miseret, piget and taedet and other residues has revealed that each verb has in fact its own path. They differ from one another along several parameters, both syntactically and semantically.

Keywords: Latin verbs; miseret; morphosyntactic characterization; non-centered constructions; paenitet; piget; Proto-Indo-European; pudet; taedet



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