Chapter published in:Historical Linguistics 2017: Selected papers from the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, San Antonio, Texas, 31 July – 4 August 2017
Edited by Bridget Drinka
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 350] 2020
► pp. 30–48
Criteria for subjecthood and non-canonical subjects in Classical Greek
The dative-marked argument of the verb dokéō ‘seem’ in Classical Greek displays syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties that qualify it as a non-canonical subject. To substantiate this claim, three phenomena are analyzed, all involving coreference resolution across clause boundaries: long-distance reflexivization, interclausal coreference, and case mismatch in participial constructions. For the latter phenomenon, the observed mismatch between case marking and referential properties is captured by positing the same coreference mechanism for finite clauses and for a class of participial constructions that qualify as a full clausal domain.
Keywords: Classical Greek, non-canonical subjects, participles, coreference, case mismatch
Published online: 09 July 2020
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