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Parataxis (see Lindskog: Quaestiones de Parataxi et Hypotaxi apud priscos Latinos. Lund, 1896) is characteristic (1) of the early stage of a language, (2) of colloquial, as opposed to literary language. Naturally it is strongly in evidence in the colloquial Latin of Plautus' time, e.g. Trin. 161alium fecisti me, alius ad te veneram”. Most of all in Indirect Questions, which in Plautus are as often Direct (with Indicative) as Indirect (with Subjunctive), e.g. the two Moods often appearing side by side, e.g. cf. nescioquis with Indicative in Early, as in Classical Latin, and the similar phrase scin quid in lines like Pseud. 276sed scin quid nos volumus?” (For full statistics see E. Becker: de Syntaxi Interrogationum Obliquarum, in vol. I, Part i, of Studemund's Studien auf dem Gebiet des archäischen Lateins. Berlin, 1873.) Even where the Subjunctive appears, there may often be Parataxis, e.g. Stich. 333A. quid agis? B. quid agam rogitas?”, for a similar Subjunctive is found in independent sentences, e.g. Similarly with other dependent Subjunctives; e.g. Men. 683 may be printed as two separate sentences or as one main sentence with a dependent clause: “mihi tu ut dederis pallam et spinter? numquam factum reperies”. Compare lines like Of recent years a great deal has been done in the way of tracing back the use of a Subjunctive in Dependent Clauses to a similar use in Early Latin in Independent Sentences.

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