Clitics in Greek: A minimalist account of proclisis and by Marios Mavrogiorgos

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By Marios Mavrogiorgos

This monograph investigates the morpho-syntactic and different homes of clitic pronouns in Greek and provides a grammar of proclisis and enclisis in mild of Chomsky’s (1995, 2001a, 2005) Minimalist application. It explores the character of clitics as syntactic topicalizers that are probed via structurally greater verbal heads to which they flow and into which they include morpho-syntactically. A idea is complex in line with which cliticization derives from syntactic contract among (the phi-features of) a clitic pronoun and a section head, v* with regards to proclisis and CM when it comes to enclisis. Incorporation of the clitic into its host is argued to depend upon elements, i.e. the truth that the clitic in simple terms features a subset of the positive factors of its host, and the truth that the sting of the host is out there. additionally, the syntax of robust pronouns and their relation to clitics, of negated imperatives, of surrogate imperatives and of loose clitic ordering in Greek enclisis also are mentioned. This monograph could entice syntacticians and morphologists in addition to to these drawn to Greek and extra quite often in clitic syntax.

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Here again we find that binding of a strong pronoun is possible exactly in those environments where independent reasons prohibit a pro subject. Although I do not intend to offer here a full review of Cardinaletti & Starke's principle (different versions of which have been around in the literature for some time- cf. Chomsky's 1981 Avoid Pronoun Principle, or Montalbetti's 1984 Overt Pronoun Constraint, and see Cardinaletti & Starke 1999: §7 for a comparison between those principles and the Minimise Structure/Choose the most deficient pronoun principle), two related issues arise with regard to the Choice phenomenon: first, the question remains whether true neutral contexts really exist.

G. Rigau 1986 for Spanish and Catalan, and references therein). In reality, what appears to happen in these cases is that the pronoun receives some kind of weak emphasis. For example, lfl say: 0 skinothetls dhlalekse EMENA gia to rolo ('the director chose. , depending on context) for the particular part. On the other hand, the same sentence uttered without focus on emena (namely: '0 skinothetis dhialekse emena gia to rolo') would probably be interpreted as follows: the director chose me for the part, you for the dresses, him for...

Oti (aftos 1) ine eksipnos (aftos 1). str) Greek 'Nobody said that he thinks that he is smart: On the other hand, a null subject can be interpreted as a bound variable without any such restriction: pistevi oti pro 1 ine eksipnos. 3sg smartnom 'Every student thinks he is smart: Greek Finally, it should be pointed out that strong subject pronouns cannot be used expletively, or impersonally, although they may be interpreted as [± human] when they are 3rd person (recall that they are demonstratives).

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