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ERIC Number: ED399786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 32
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Notes on Temporal Interpretation and Control in Modern Greek Gerunds.
Tsoulas, George
York Papers in Linguistics, v17 p441-470 Mar 1996
An analysis of the structure and functioning of Modern Greek gerundival constructions is presented. First, it is argued that there are clear differences between gerunds and participles. Issues concerning the temporal interpretation of gerunds are considered, and an account is given that postulates the existence of a covert temporal operator like one used for temporal prepositions in English, whose movement determines the clause with which the gerund will be associated. A theory of adjunction that does not distinguish configurationally between adjunct phrases and specifiers is assumed, to avoid potential violation of the adjunct constraint. An examination of control issues with gerunds concludes that although apparently restricted to adjoined positions, gerunds can also be arguments, and by virtue of their indefinite nature, permit exceptional case marking. It is concluded that this evidence supports the Definite/Indefinite distinction at the clausal level. Contains 42 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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