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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue$
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Helma Dik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279296.001.0001

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Enter Dialogue: Questions in Sophocles and Euripides

Enter Dialogue: Questions in Sophocles and Euripides

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(p.123) 5 Enter Dialogue: Questions in Sophocles and Euripides
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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue
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Helma Dik (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279296.003.0005

This chapter argues that in both Sophocles and Euripides, questions show a distribution of pragmatically marked information over the clause that is compatible with a Topic-Focus-verb pattern. The majority of questions do not feature a Topic constituent, and the sole Focus constituent is the question word. Questions being interpreted as containing multiple Focus constituents are discussed. Most of these questions are in fact a character's emotional reaction to the situation they are confronted with, which sets them apart from the questions. The traditional problem of the postponed interrogative is also discussed.

Keywords:   Sophocles, Euripides, yes-no questions, Q-X-V questions, postponed interrogatives, Topic, Focus

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