Article published in:History of Linguistics 2008: Selected papers from the eleventh International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XI), 28 August - 2 September 2008, Potsdam
Edited by Gerda Haßler
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 115] 2011
► pp. 225–238
Du verbe actif au verbe transitif
Transitivité et complémentation dans les grammaires françaises, 1660–1863
The question we propose to examine in this contribution is the following: How did the “active verb” category in French grammar, which was inherited from Latin grammar, become the “transitive verb” category? The definition of the active verb is based in fact on the superposition of two characteristics: the semantics of the action and the direct construction. The history of the emergence of the category of the transitive verb results from a process of separation of these criteria realized over the long term in line with the emergence of the notion of the complement.
Published online: 22 April 2011