STRUCTURES WITH THE INFINITIVE IN PUBLISHED TEXTS BELONGING TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PUBLICIST STYLE IN THE KINGDOM OF DALMATIA IN THE 19TH CENTURY

Author:
Tanja Brešan Ančić
Email:
bresant@ffst.hr
Summary
The infinitive appears frequently in various written texts from the 19th century. Still, its usage is not independent, and its frequency is closely related to the nature of the text. In this research, we have focused on five different constructions which contain infinitive. They were chosen for their frequency, specific connection to the local idiom, or a key role in the creation of a functional style. The research was carried out on various public texts from the 19th century that were published in the territory of the Kingdom of Dalmatia. The analysis of the texts points to a strong connection between the components of the analysed structures, as they do not change their structure over time, and to a strong expansion of functional texts. The infinitive is more likely to appear in texts that belong to the administrative style more independently and has thus become a powerful symbol of this functional style. Also, choosing a broader time frame allows us to gain insight into the development, as well as the disappearance, of some structures.
Key words
Croatian language; infinitive; administrative style; Kingdom of Dalmatia; 19th century
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