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Title: Word order, focus, and clause linking in Greek tragic poetry
Author: Fraser, Bruce L.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3483 321X
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 1999
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The thesis comprises an investigation of three aspects of sentence structure in Classical Greek (henceforth CG) dramatic poetry: order of the main sentence elements (subject, verb, and object) within the clause, the emphatic position at the start of the clause, and the structure of inter-clausal linking. It is argued that these three features, usually considered separately, are interdependent, and that intra-clausal word order is directly related to the structure of compound and complex sentences. The discussion undertakes a systematic survey of subject, verb, and object order in a corpus of texts, proposes an explanation for the observed order, and develops a model which explains how prominence within the clause is exploited in clause linking to produce the complement structures observed in Homeric and tragic complementation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: British Academy ; Cambridge Faculty of Classics
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: historical linguistics ; Ancient Greek literature ; word order ; syntax ; Greek tragedy ; complementation ; focalisation ; clausal subordination ; comparing poetry and prose ; enclitics ; topic and focus