My work was funded by the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO) (grant no. B/13006/01).
Clitic Doubling in Vernacular Medieval Greek†
Article first published online: 9 APR 2013
© The author 2013. Transactions of the Philological Society © The Philological Society 2013
Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 111, Issue 3, pages 379–405, November 2013
How to Cite
Soltic, J. (2013), Clitic Doubling in Vernacular Medieval Greek. Transactions of the Philological Society, 111: 379–405. doi: 10.1111/1467-968X.12008
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2013
This paper provides the first in-depth study of clitic doubling in vernacular Medieval Greek. First, it is shown that the four-part typology (topicalization; right-dislocation; backgrounding; left-dislocation) recently developed on the basis of Modern Greek is perfectly applicable to vernacular Medieval Greek. Moreover, clitic doubling serves the same pragmatic function in Medieval Greek as in many modern spoken languages: it marks an object as the topic of the utterance (as opposed to the focus). For this purpose, the notion of ‘topic’ is clearly defined and distinguished from the concept of (referential) ‘givenness’. Special attention is paid to the distribution of the clitic pronouns, as their position is diagnostic for the topic/focus distinction. Innovatively, the frequent occurrence of clitic doubling in my corpus is associated with the oral discourse which the vernacular texts are acknowledged to adopt. In this regard, two other constructions are discussed: dislocated genitives and dislocated subjects.