Abstract: This paper proposes an interpretation of certain syntactic patterns of the nominal domain in Greek, focusing on the distribution of at-tributive adjectives and genitive phrases, in a formal perspective essentially related to the Principles&Parameters framework. According to the recent proposals on the potential historical impact of the theory of syntactic parameters, I propose a description of a specific diachronic change in terms of parameter resetting, i.e. by means of a few, discrete operations involving reanalysis processes, independent of morphological change, and presumably related to external variation. The empirical analysis focuses on a minimal comparison between Classical Greek (the Attic variety of the 4th century BC, here represented by a sample of Plato’s works) and New Testament Greek (that displays almost the same patterns of genitival syntax as Modern Greek).

Genitives in the Greek nominal domain: parametric considerations / Guardiano, Cristina. - STAMPA. - (2011), pp. 123-134.

Genitives in the Greek nominal domain: parametric considerations

GUARDIANO, Cristina
2011

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Abstract: This paper proposes an interpretation of certain syntactic patterns of the nominal domain in Greek, focusing on the distribution of at-tributive adjectives and genitive phrases, in a formal perspective essentially related to the Principles&Parameters framework. According to the recent proposals on the potential historical impact of the theory of syntactic parameters, I propose a description of a specific diachronic change in terms of parameter resetting, i.e. by means of a few, discrete operations involving reanalysis processes, independent of morphological change, and presumably related to external variation. The empirical analysis focuses on a minimal comparison between Classical Greek (the Attic variety of the 4th century BC, here represented by a sample of Plato’s works) and New Testament Greek (that displays almost the same patterns of genitival syntax as Modern Greek).
Studies in modern Greek dialects and linguistic theory
Janse, Mark; Joseph, Brian; Pavlou, Pavlos; Ralli, Angela; Armostis, Spyros
9789963645527
Research Centre of Kykkos monastery, Nicosia
CIPRO
Genitives in the Greek nominal domain: parametric considerations / Guardiano, Cristina. - STAMPA. - (2011), pp. 123-134.
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