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Verschijningsdatum: 01/09/2011

THE COLON HYPOTHESIS

door Frank Scheppers

Building on previous work by amongst others J. Wackernagel, E. Fraenkel and K.J. Dover, this study develops the hypothesis that a number of Ancient Greek word order rules (most notably but not exclusively Wackernagel’s Law ) apply to the ‘colon’ or ‘intonation unit (IU)’, rather than to syntactic units such as the clause. The study is based on an extensive corpusdatabase, comprising the whole Corpus Lysiacum and four Platonic dialogues ( Cratylus , Theaetetus , Sophista and Politicus ), which allowed for a detailed and insightful treatment of a large number of word order phenomena. In Part I of the book, based on a partly quantitative and partly qualitative analysis of this corpus, a number of word order rules are formulated, statistically corroborated and extensively illustrated.

Part II deals with the practicalities of segmenting Ancient Greek text into cola, using criteria distilled from (i) the word order rules elaborated in Part I of the book and (ii) what is knownabout the nature of IUs. It is shown how a systematic segmentation of Ancient Greek texts into cola/IUs enhances our reading of these texts and opens the door to discourse analytical approaches highlighting the oral character of Ancient Greek texts.

Part III addresses the issue of discourse coherence, starting from the idea that Ancient Greek discourse has the colon as its elementary unit and is structured in ways that closely remind us of spoken discourse. After a summary introduction of the ‘P(ragmatic)-tree working model’, offering a radically pragmatic and structural approach to discourse coherence, Part III consists mainly of a number of detailed analyses of excerpts from the Greek corpus.

A number of indices (including a Greek index, an English index and an index locorum), in combination with extensive cross-referencing, give the reader easy access to a wealth of detailed information concerning various related topics that are dealt with in the course of the exploration of the corpus, such as clisis, appositivity, the Greek particles, lexicalization phenomena (formulas and units), sentencehood, topic, focus, ‘genre’ as a discourse analytical concept, ...

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THE COLON HYPOTHESIS
Auteur(s): Frank Scheppers
ISBN: 9789054879442
Taal : Engels

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