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On the Balkan-Slavic Origins of the Romanian Conditional

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LI (2), p. 321-340
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:This article revisits the well-known problem of etymology of the auxiliary in Daco-Romanian conditionals. Based on cross-linguistic evidence and external analyses of Old Romanian data, it is argued that this auxiliary might derive from (v)rea ‘want’, with phonetic reduction of the initial syllable if not immediately preceded by the infinitive. The study further discusses the special status of Romanian conditionals, which disallows them to be used in future in the past contexts. In these contexts, Romanian is said to behave like several other Balkan languages by combining the main verb in the past with a complement clause in which a future operator takes scope over the event expressed by the embedded verb.
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 6

References in this publication: 5

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