On tmesis, word order, and noun incorporation in Homeric Greek

Abstract : Negatives, adverbs, and preverbial particles (P-words) can be located in two positions in the AG clause: either at the beginning of the clause, or immediately before the verb, in which case they form with the verb itself a verbal complex. These positions of the P-word correspond to two kinds of tmeses, external and internal. Structural and typological arguments are adduced to show that a NP can be incorporated into the verbal complex in internal tmesis: semantically, many of these constructions are used to express institutionalized activities; besides, internal tmesis is often a strategy to background a participant and mark it as part of the presupposition.
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Nicolas Bertrand. On tmesis, word order, and noun incorporation in Homeric Greek. Annamaria Bartolotta. The Greek verb Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting on Greek Linguistics, Agrigento, October 1–3, 2009 , 128, Peeters, 2014, Bibliothèque des des Cahiers de l'Institut de Linguistique de Louvain, 978-90-429-2722-3. ⟨hal-01704540⟩

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