Pleonastic use of verbs of speaking in Greek: an interpretation in terms of naturalness theory

  • Jerneja Kavčič
Keywords: Pleonastic use of verbs of speaking in Greek, an interpretation in terms of naturalness theory

Abstract

This paper investigates a special use of the verbs of speaking in Greek, in which a personal verbal form of a verb of speaking is accompanied by a participle of ano­ ther verb of speaking. The latter is used pleonastically because the clause would be grammatical if the participle were omitted; cf. Chr. J. Mal. 15, 13, 31:'0 8s: Zvwv

&.xoucrcx.c; btwµ6crcx.'t'o "Ai::ywv &.yvoc.1v 't'v xcx.'t'a: 'l"A"Aou xcx.ccx.crxw v. 'But when Zeno heard, he swore, saying that he knew nothing about the conspiracy against Illus.' In the first part I present the use of such pleonastic phrases in Greek with a special emphasis on their use in three Early Byzantine prose writings (in the Chronicle of John Mala/as (Chr. J. Mal.), in Pratum Spirituale (Prat. Spir.), and in Vita Theodori Syceotae ( Vita Th. Syc.), all belonging to the 6th/7th century AD). The pleonastic phrases are studied in terms of their inner structure and in terms of their syntactic properties. In the second part of the paper an attempt is made to interpret these properties from the perspective of Naturalness Theory.

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Author Biography

Jerneja Kavčič
University of Ljubljana
Published
2005-12-31
How to Cite
KavčičJ. (2005). Pleonastic use of verbs of speaking in Greek: an interpretation in terms of naturalness theory. Linguistica, 45(1), 203-212. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.45.1.203-212
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