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Negation and Nonveridicality in the History of Greek

Katerina Chatzopoulou


This study is an investigation of the expression of negation in the history of Greek, through quantitative data from representative texts from three major stages of vernacular Greek (Attic Greek, Koine, Late Medieval Greek), and qualitative data from Homeric Greek until Standard Modern. The contrast between two complementary negators, NEG1 and NEG2, is explained in terms of sensitivity of NEG2 μη‎ to nonveridicality: NEG2 is a polarity item in all stages of the Greek language, an item licensed by nonveridicality. The asymmetry in the diachronic development of the Greek negator system (the repl ... More

Keywords: grammaticalization, nonveridicality, Jespersen’s Cycle, syntactic change, Greek language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198712404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katerina Chatzopoulou, author
Instructor in Linguistics, New York College Thessaloniki