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The peculiar treatment of the Relative Clause in Plautus is probably rather a feature of Early Latin than of colloquial Latin. To the carelessness of every-day speech we may refer irregularities of construction like the following: Change of Subject, e.g. and other changes of construction, e.g. So violent a change as to be quite ungrammatical is seen in Men. prol. 64ingressus fluvium rapidum ab urbe haud longule, rapidus raptori pueri subduxit pedes”, Poen. 659tu, si te di amant, agere tuam rem occasiost” (cf. Epid. 77te cupio perire mecum benevolens cum benevolente”), and the use of ut opinor with the construction of opinor in Ter. Adelph. 648ut opinor eas non nosse te” (cf. Cic. Rep. 1, 58 and ὡς οἶμαι, etc., in Greek) and ut aibat with the construction of aibat in Ter. Phorm. 480ut aibat de eius consilio sese velle facere”. Besides Anacoluthon, we find naturally Aposiopesis in the Dramatists' imitation of talk, e.g. Truc. 504 (for other examples see Niemeyer ‘Plautinische Studien’ p. 3).

These may serve for the present as samples of Plautus' colloquialisms. Others, e.g. the use of the Ablative Absolute of the Subject of the Sentence (II. 59), Parataxis (V. 28), suus sibi for suus ipsius (IV. 2), will be mentioned at their proper place.

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