From lexical to dependent: the case of the Greek dative

Christina Sevdali, Elena Anagnostopoulou

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This paper focuses on the properties of dative/genitive objects in Classical and Standard Modern Greek (CG vs. SMG). We also look into the transition from one system of case assignment to another as well as the relationship between the diachrony of morphological case and the diachrony of prepositions. In particular we argue that while CG dative/genitive objects are hidden PPs, SMG genitives are dependent cases in the sense of Baker (2015). We provide three separate arguments for the dependent case status of SMG genitives and we also provide diachronic support from the transition between the two systems. The change observed in the system of Greek can be understood as a reanalysis of datives from PP to DP structures, with the diachrony of Greek prepositions playing also a crucial role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNELS 48: Proceedings of the Forty-Eighth Annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society.
EditorsSherry Hucklebridge, Max Nelson
Place of PublicationUniversity of Massachusetts
PublisherGraduate Linguistic Student Association
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1727605822
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Oct 2018

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