Edited by Camille Denizot and Olga Spevak
[Studies in Language Companion Series 190] 2017
► pp. 63–82
Chapter 4. Discursive and pragmatic functions of Latin em
Grammaticalization, pragmaticalization… interjectionalization?
The Latin particle em, mainly attested in Archaic Latin, is the apocopated form of eme, the imperative of the verb emere ‘to take, acquire, purchase’. The traditional understanding of this element has been that of a secondary interjection. This interpretation, however, presents a number of problems that can be traced to the lack of a pragmatic perspective. In a corpus as old as the comedies of Plautus (c. 254–184