Impersonal Constructions in Old Romanian
Keywords:impersonals, R-impersonals, T-impersonals, A-impersonals, form-function correlations, Old Romanian, present-day Romanian, Romance languages
The paper describes the impersonal constructions attested in Old Romanian (16th c. - 18th c.) highlighting their diversity and continuity in time, from Latin to present-day Romanian. The form-function correlations involve syncretism and complex combinations that qualify the Romanian impersonal domain as one of the most complex in the Romance area. The corpus analysis is illustrated with a large number of examples excerpted from the oldest written texts preserved in Romanian.