Dienstag, 28. Mai 2013, 18:15 - 19:30 iCal

Wackernagel’s Law between Homer and the Koiné

David Goldstein, BA MA MPhil PhD

Institut für Sprachwissenschaft der Universität Wien

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Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Wien


Wackernagel's Law (WL), according to which enclitics occur second in a particular domain, has long been claimed to weaken between Homer and Classical Greek. I argue that there is no change in the distributional mechanism of second-position items in this period. The “exceptions” to WL that others have observed are the byproduct of constructions that extrapose an element of the sentence to a position before the clause start, e.g. topicalization. Change to the distributional patterns of second-position enclitics first occurs in the New Testament, and specifically in the context of pronominal objects of infinitives.

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