Case Attraction in Ancient Greek

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Case Attraction in Ancient Greek
Case attraction has stood as a puzzling, and elusive, oddity of older Indo-European languages. This paper focuses on attraction in Ancient Greek, establishing both the regularity of the operation and its underlying motivation. A novel method is proposed for grounding case in terms of a feature-based representation of agentivity properties, loosely based on Dowty’s proto-role theory, but reformulated in terms of privative opposition and hierarchically organized via a lattice. This structure is then used to model the case system of Ancient Greek and derive a hierarchical ordering on the case system in terms of agentivity. Modelling the interaction between this hierarchy and the other factors involved in case attraction in the Optimality Theory framework yields a full solution, predicting both its distribution and frequencies therein. The attempt to describe case as a stable, syntactic phenomenon is belied by instances of what is known as case conflict. This paper investigates a partic...
Scott Grimm
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Authors Scott Grimm
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