Argument-focus and predicate-focus structure in Ancient Greek
Word order and phonology
In this article, Ancient Greek is shown to allow two word orders, Focus-Verb and Verb-Focus, independently of whether the verb is in focus or in the presupposition. Relying on the behavior of postpositives and Lambrecht’s Principle of Accent Projection, I argue that such word orders are integrated into prosodic constituents where the main sentence accent falls to either the left (Focus-Verb) or the right (Verb-Focus) of the verb. Such an alternation is suggested to be due to a binary iconic contrast whereby the more prominent the focus is, the earlier it is placed.
Keywords: focus, argument focus, main sentence accent, information structure, Ancient Greek, word order, phonology, prosody, predicate focus
Published online: 20 June 2013
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Celano, Giuseppe G. A.
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