Distinguishing Semantics and Pragmatics

What's the difference and how do they relate? Pragmatics is a sort of funny thing. On the one hand, pragmatics is an important subfield in linguistics that produces a valuable research and contributes greatly to our understanding of language. On the other hand, pragmatics probably wouldn't even exist at all as a field if Chomsky had not... Continue Reading →

I could have sworn that I had mentioned Lars Nordgren's book, Greek Interjections Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics at some point before, but apparently not. I can't find the post. In any case, his book received a detailed review in the latest issue of the Bryn Mawr Classical Review by Coulter George: Lars Nordgren, Greek Interjections:... Continue Reading →

State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 3

This is part three of a three part series. Part one can be found here: State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 1 Part two can be found here:  State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 2 The assumption an atelic usage of a inherently telic form is wrong finds its origins in what is called the classical model... Continue Reading →

State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 2

This is part two of a three part series. Part one can be found here: State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 1 Part three will soon be available here on Monday:  State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 3 I concluded the previous post with the following statement and in part 2, I want to provide an answer: Fundamentally, the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Noun Phrase in Ancient Greek-Part II

A Review of The Noun Phrase in Ancient Greek: A Functional Analysis of the Order and Articulation of NP Constituent in Herodotus by Stephanie Bakker.[1] Hardcover: 324 pages Publisher: Brill (2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 9004177221 ISBN-13: 978-9004177222 Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches Get from Amazon Get from Brill Part I (LINK) this... Continue Reading →

Pronominal Clitics Attaching to Topics

Previously, I set forth three sets of data that make up the difficult examples of pronominal clitics. In this post, we will examine that data more closely look specifically at those pronominal clitics that attach to topical constituents. If these examples truly fit my basic claim about the prominence of the prosodic phrases the clitics... Continue Reading →

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