Edited by Camille Denizot and Olga Spevak
[Studies in Language Companion Series 190] 2017
► pp. 137–158
Chapter 7. The right periphery in Ancient Greek
The paper focuses on the pragmatic functions of elements appearing in the right periphery of the sentence in Ancient Greek. It presents a tentative approach based on a study of Polybius, books 1–5. The second section of the paper centres on the problems related to the concept of right periphery. The syntactic structures which appear in this position are considered in the third section. Section 4 analyses the functions fulfilled by the right periphery elements found in the corpus: (1) they provide clarification of topics; (2) they tend to introduce additional information that is especially salient for the following discourse; (3) in the epitactic pattern, they introduce an additional focus; (4) they have a comment function, expressing the author’s stance.