Complement clauses in Mikalojus Daukša’s 1595 Catechism Cover Image

Mikalojaus Daukšos Katekizmo (1595) sudėtiniai aiškinamieji sakiniai
Complement clauses in Mikalojus Daukša’s 1595 Catechism

Author(s): Artūras Judžentis
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: Old Lithuanian; syntax; complementizers

Summary/Abstract: This article deals with the complex sentences containing complement clauses in M. Daukðaís Katekizmas as well as in his Trumpas b°das pasisakymo nuodÎmi¯ (1595). Attention is paid to the syntactic structure of these sentences and to the semantic relations between clauses. They are compared with the corresponding sentence models in Modern Standard Lithuanian. The conclusion is advanced that Daukðaís language had no complementisers proper, in the sense of semantically empty markers of embedding. Instead, we find subordinators reflecting different types of semantic relationship between complement and main predicate; similar types of semantic relationship are reflected in adverbial clauses introduced by the same subordinators.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 19-29
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Lithuanian