Monday, February 8, 2010

More on More on Proclitics

Another bit of evidence for the proclitic nature of prepositions is that a "word end" falling between a preposition and its object is not treated as a genuine word end by Bentley-Luchs's Law or Meyers Law. For example, Bentley-Luch's Law states that if in iambo-trochaic verse there is a word end after the final B the preceding A must be bimoraic, but Curc. 477 (tr7) shows that a sequence of a preposition plus object was permitted in this position:

confidentes, garrulique et malevoli supra lacum.
B    c  D  A     B    c D A          b b  c D a B c D

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