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Andrew Devine

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Andrew Devine

Professor of Classics

Prof. Devine's current work is in Latin semantics and pragmatics. Students often ask why Latin has so many inflectional endings and why its word order is so variable. With the development in the second half of the twentieth century of formal techniques of analysis for syntax, semantics and their interface, it has become possible to provide more precise and explanatory answers to these questions than were offered by the traditional grammar used in our classroom textbooks. Semantics for Latin (OUP, 2013) analyzes the meanings of the Latin grammatical categories in the framework of formal semantics, and Latin Word Order (OUP, 2006) shows how pragmatic meaning is expressed by Latin syntax.





Andrew Devine, Laurence D. Stephens
February 2019
Latin is often described as a free word order language, but in general each word order encodes a particular information structure: in that sense,...
Andrew Devine, L.D. Stephens
January 2013
The advent of the new discipline of Formal Semantics around forty years ago has resulted in a vast expansion in our knowledge and theoretical...
Andrew Devine, L.D. Stephens
February 2006
Word order is not a subject anyone reading Latin can afford to ignore: apart from anything else, word order is what gets one from disjoint sentences...
Andrew Devine, L.D. Stephens
January 2000
The interface between syntax and meaning, both semantic and pragmatic, has emerged as perhaps the richest and most fascinating area of current...
Andrew Devine, L.D. Stephens
December 1994
The reconstruction of the prosody of a dead language is, on the face of it, an almost impossible undertaking. However, once a general theory of...