Information Structure



Classical Greek syntax

I offer 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 …

Iterated modal marking and polarity focus in ancient Greek

The Ancient Greek particle an, which encodes modal and irrealis semantics, canonically occurs once per clause. In the fifth century BCE, however, we find cases where two tokens (or, more rarely, three) co‐occur with the same verb. While this …

The synchrony and diachrony of a scalar coordinator: Latin nedum ‘let alone’

This paper investigates the amphichronic semantics and pragmatics of the scalar coordinator nēdum, ‘let alone’. Synchronically, nēdum must be preceded by an assertion that is stronger than all other alternative propositions in the focus …

Review of F. Scheppers, The Colon Hypothesis: Word Order, Discourse Segmentation and Discourse Coherence in Ancient Greek (Brussels 2011)

Review of H. Dik, Word order in Greek tragic dialogue (Oxford 2007)