Prepositional phrases with indefinite NP’s

The question was asked on Facebook about what principles might motivate the occurrence of indefinite noun phrases to take prepositional phrases. It's a good question. Prepositions phrases tend be restrictive when they occur in noun phrases just like other NP modifiers. But they certainly can still be descriptive, too. I ran a quick and dirty... Continue Reading →

A brief history of syntactic theory: Early Chomsky

This is part one of a multi-part series. Part II is: A brief history of syntactic theory: Parallel-contraint based syntax. τυφωθείς εἰς κρίμα ἐμπέσῃ τοῦ διαβόλου What is the structure of a sentence like this? There's a lot going on here. This clause has a pre-verbal participle, followed by a prepositional phrase that is split in... Continue Reading →

Fun Data Points in Greek

A presentational/thetic clause with an indefinite null subject: καὶ ἐξῆλθον ἀπὸ τῶν ἱερέων ἐκ τῶν ἁγίων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων τοῦ λαοῦ ἀσπάσασθαι αὐτὸν εἰρηνικῶς καὶ δεῖξαι αὐτῷ τὴν ὁλοκαύτωσιν τὴν προσφερομένην ὑπὲρ τοῦ βασιλέως (1 Macc 7:33). This could either be translated: "There came out [some people] from the priests from the holy place and... Continue Reading →

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