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Author Goldstein, David M., 1976- author.

Title Classical Greek syntax : Wackernagel's law in Herodotus / by David Goldstein
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 331 pages)
Series Brill's studies in Indo-European languages & linguistics ; 16
Brill's studies in Indo-European languages & linguistics.
Contents Foundations -- Greek syntax and surface word order -- The prosody of Greek clitics -- The syntax of clitics -- The left periphery -- Topicalization -- Focus preposing -- Clause combining -- Participles -- Infinitive complements -- Conclusions and prospects
Summary "In Classical Greek Syntax: Wackernagel's Law in Herodotus, David Goldstein offers the first theoretically-informed study of second-position clitics in Ancient Greek and challenges the long-standing belief that Greek word order is "free" or beyond the reach of systematic analysis. On the basis of Herodotus' Histories, he demonstrates that there are in fact systematic correspondences between clause structure and meaning. Crucial to this new model of the Greek clause is Wackernagel's Law, the generalization that enclitics and postpositives occur in "second position," as these classes of words provide a stable anchor for analyzing sentence structure. The results of this work not only restore word order as an interpretive dimension of Greek texts, but also provide a framework for the investigation of other areas of syntax in Greek, as well as archaic Indo-European more broadly."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Herodotus. History
Wackernagel, Jacob, 1853-1938.
Wackernagel, Jacob, 1853-1938
SUBJECT History (Herodotus) fast
Subject Greek language -- Syntax
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Ancient Languages.
Greek language -- Syntax
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789004250680
Other Titles Wackernagel's law in Herodotus