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Memento mori: the uses of the future imperative in the Carmina Latina Epigraphica

Kruschwitz, P. (2013) Memento mori: the uses of the future imperative in the Carmina Latina Epigraphica. In: Fernandez Martinez, C., Limon Belen, M., Gomez Pallares, J. and del Hoyo Calleja, J. (eds.) Ex officina. Literatura epigrafica en verso. Universidad de Sevilla. Secretariado de Publicaciones, Sevilla, pp. 193-216.

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This paper offers an examination of the use(s) of the future imperative in the Latin verse inscriptions. Following introductory considerations about speech act theory, the use of directives, and politeness (with special emphasis on the Carmina Latina Epigraphica), the paper gives an overview of relevant instances. It presents an argument in favour of a (re-)interpretation of the Latin future imperative as a mode to express deontic and thetic arrangements with little immediacy. Additionally, it is possible to detect traces of a deliberate use of the future imperative as a means of marking linguistic register in contexts where it otherwise, if following a more traditional concept of the future imperative, would seem out of place

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Classics
ID Code:34963
Publisher:Universidad de Sevilla. Secretariado de Publicaciones

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