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ERIC Number: ED546278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 386
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ISBN: 978-1-2676-0137-7
Negation and Nonveridicality in the History of Greek
Chatzopoulou, Aikaterini
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Chicago
This study provides a thorough investigation of the expression primarily of sentential negation in the history of Greek, through quantitative data from representative texts from three major stages of vernacular Greek (Attic Greek, Koine, Late Medieval Greek), and qualitative data from Homeric Greek until Standard Modern. The contrast between two complementary negators, NEG1 and NEG2, is explained in terms of sensitivity of NEG2 mueta to nonveridicality: NEG2 is a polarity item in all stages of the Greek language, an item licensed by nonveridicality in the sense of Giannakidou (1998). The asymmetry in the diachronic development of the Greek negator system (the replacement of NEG1 and the preservation of NEG2) is explained with reference to the particulars of the uses of NEG2, specifically the inertial forces drawn by the non-negative uses of NEG2, which being non-negative did not experience the renewal pressures predicted by the Jespersen's cycle. These are its COMP related uses: (i) as a question particle, and (ii) in introducing "verba timendi" complements. A viewpoint for Jespersen's cycle is proposed that abstracts away from the morphosyntactic and phonological particulars of the phenomenon and explicitly places its regularities in the semantics, accommodating not only for Greek, but for numerous other languages that deviate in different was from the traditional description of Jespersen's cycle. The developments observed in the history of the Greek negator system agree with generative theories of syntactic change, regarding the notions of up-the-tree movement (Roberts and Roussou 2003, van Gelderen 2004). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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