Greek Prepositions: From Antiquity to the Present by Pietro Bortone

By Pietro Bortone

This can be the main complete background of the Greek prepositional approach ever released. it's set inside of a extensive typological context and examines interrelated syntactic, morphological, and semantic swap over 3 millennia. through together with, for the 1st time, Medieval and smooth Greek, Dr Bortone is ready to convey how the adjustments in that means of Greek prepositions persist with a transparent and ordinary trend of large theoretical curiosity. the writer opens the ebook by way of discussing the proper historical past matters about the functionality, which means, and genesis of adpositions and circumstances. He then lines the improvement of prepositions and case markers in historic Greek (Homeric and classical, with insights from Linear B and reconstructed Indo-European); Hellenistic Greek, which he examines normally at the foundation of Biblical Greek; Medieval Greek, the least studied yet so much revealing section; and smooth Greek, within which he additionally considers the impact of the discovered culture and neighbouring languages. Written in an obtainable and non-specialist type, this publication will curiosity classical philologists, in addition to old linguists and theoretical linguists.

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29) Kí prepos. ‘in ôfi B art. 9) that the Swedish article can be either an ending or a preposed free form; let us note that if no relative clause follows, and a qualifier is inserted, the Swedish noun has both definiteness markers, which must be seen as two subparts of one: den fo¨ljande bil-en ‘the following car’ Furthermore, if a Swedish definite noun is characterized by an adjective (and no relative clause follows), the adjective in itself, besides being preceded by an article, also contains another (submorph of the) definiteness marker.

Aussi n’a-t-on jamais re´ussi, malgre´ tous les efforts, a` se´parer comple`tement la morphologie et la syntaxe. Category and government are thus interdependent . . The syntagmatic and the paradigmatic constantly affect each other. So, despite all efforts, we have never managed to separate morphology and syntax entirely. (Hjelmslev 1932: 15) Matthews (1974) pointed out that the analysis of preposition and case as a single discontinuous element is usually spurned because it rejects wordboundaries and so denies that there is a closer relation (in my examples) between åøæ- and -Hí than between Kî and -Hí.

One of the remarkable things about Greek, and its long history, is that within it (as we shall see in later chapters) we find all three systems at different times. Prepositions can also be added to other prepositions, in a process of semantic reinforcement parallel to the compounding of adpositions and cases. Cri. 115). 9 In Dutch too there is, in popular speech, a tendency to use prepositions compounded with adverbs, and these forms are indeed referred to as the verzwaarde vorm “reinforced form” (Heestermans 1979: 37 et passim), because they are used de verloren gegane aanschouwelijkheid van het voorzetsel te herstellen, of de betekenis van het voorzetsel te nuanceren ‘to restore the lost clarity of the preposition, or to add a nuance to the meaning of the preposition’.

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