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Dianne Jonas, John Whitman, and Andrew Garrett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.001.0001

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Parametric changes in the history of the Greek article

Parametric changes in the history of the Greek article

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(p.179) 9 Parametric changes in the history of the Greek article
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Grammatical Change
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Cristina Guardiano

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0009

This chapter accounts for two changes that distinguish Modern Greek from Ancient (Classical and New Testament) Greek: the requirement in Modern Greek that proper names occur with a definite article, and the rise of an indefinite article. It argues that these two changes are related. In Ancient Greek, nominal expressions could receive a singular count interpretation with a null expletive D head. The rise of overt indefinite articles indicates that the feature count had come to be grammaticalized (that is, required spellout). Once this requirement was in place, a null expletive in D became generally unavailable, requiring that the overt determiner in D select a proper name.

Keywords:   Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, proper names, definite articles, indefinite articles, nominal expressions

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