Accents matter.

Take the time to learn Greek accents. Just at a basic level of grammar, the nature of Greek propositions is predicated on its accentual system: the move from old/assumed topic to new/asserted focus wholly relies upon accentuation. If you don't learn accents, then you don't learn the basic language internal structure for interpreting and understanding... Continue Reading →

Mark Janse , “Cappadocian Clitics and the Syntax-Morphology Interface”

Mark Janse , “Cappadocian Clitics and the Syntax-Morphology Interface.” Pages 257-281. In Themes in Greek Linguistics II. Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Geoffrey Horrocks, and Irene Philippaki-Warburton. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1998. Mark Janse is a descriptive linguist focusing on Greek dialectology with a particular interests in dialectology, non-standard Greek dialects, and Greek historical linguistics. He... 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 →

Pronominal Clitics: The Difficult Examples

In our previous post, we looked at a variety of examples of pronominal clitics in noun phrases and their phonological & syntactic distribution. Primarily, we saw that the clitic pronoun consistently attached itself to the most prominent phonological phrase possible while also maintaining grammaticality within its syntactic domain. Thus, we saw clitics appearing in the... Continue Reading →

Pronominal Clitics in Noun Phrases: The Data

The primary pronominal clitic form we find within NP’s is the genitive singular =μου. The equal sign, “=,” is the traditional linguistic symbol for marking a clitics relationship with its phonological host. Together the two grammatical words form a single phonological word. In terms of the examples we’ll be examining in this post, our focus... Continue Reading →

The Word Order of Clitic Pronouns

A few days ago I posted a few texts where we had the very same clause used six times and a seventh time nearly identical. In that post, I simply asked a question: What makes them tick? At that point in time, I didn’t give much explanation. Well, actually, I didn’t give any explanation. I... Continue Reading →

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