Diacronia 6, September 30, 2017, art. A90 (p. 1–11)

Some notes on the realizations of the direct object in the old language

Irina Nicula Paraschiv


  • Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Str. Edgar Quinet 5–7, Sector 1, 010017 Bucharest, Romania
  • “Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Calea 13 Septembrie 13, 050711 Bucharest, Romania


Received May 22, 2017
Accepted June 25, 2017
Published September 30, 2017

Key words

direct object
p(r)e marking


In the present article, we aim to analyse some constructions with the direct object realized as a personal or animate noun in the old language in order to emphasize certain syntactic features which have been only partially preserved or even eliminated from the modern language. On the one hand, we point to the construction with a bare direct object, which is recorded quite extensively in the context of wider range of selecting verbs than in the present-day language, on the other, we focus on the p(r)e-marking variation in the context of personal nouns with a specific / non-specific reading, as well as on the competition between the direct object generic singular and plural (pre sărac(ul) ‘DOM poor.DEF’ vs pre săraci ‘DOM poor.M.PL’ / săracii ‘poor.M.PL.DEF’).


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    Text:Paraschiv, I. N. (2017). Some notes on the realizations of the direct object in the old language, Diacronia 6 (September 30), A90 (1–11),
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{nicula paraschiv2017,
     author = {Irina Nicula Paraschiv},
     title = {Some notes on the realizations of the direct object in the old language},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2017},
     month = {September},
     number = {6},
     eid = {A90},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–11)",
     url = {}


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