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Wed Apr 11 2001

TOC: Journal of Greek Linguistics Vol.1

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  1. Stanton L Kreutzer, Journal of Greek Linguistics, Volume 1 (2000)

Message 1: Journal of Greek Linguistics, Volume 1 (2000)

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 16:21:15 -0400
From: Stanton L Kreutzer <>
Subject: Journal of Greek Linguistics, Volume 1 (2000)

Journal of Greek Linguistics, Volume 1 (2000)

(c) John Benjamins Publishing Company

>From the editors

Amalia Arvaniti (pp. 9-39)
The phonetics of stress in Greek

Jason Merchant (pp. 41-64)
Islands and LF-movement in Greek sluicing

Anna Roussou (pp. 65-94)
On the left periphery: Modal particles and complementisers

Stavroula Stavrakaki (pp. 95-131)
Verb lexicons in SLI: Some experimental data from Modern Greek

Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli (pp. 133-169)
Gerunds in Greek

State-of-the-Art Review Articles
Artemis Alexiadou and Elena Anagnostopoulou (pp. 171-222)
Greek syntax: A principles and parameters perspective

Anastasia Giannakidou (pp. 223-261)
Crosslinguistic semantics and the study of Greek

Book Reviews
Holton, D., Mackridge, P. & Philippaki-Warburton, I.: Greek: A
comprehensive grammar of the modern language (Dimitra Theophanopoulou-Kontou)
Horrocks, Geoffrey: Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers
(Juli�n M�ndez Dosuna)

Journal of Greek Linguistics 1:1 (2000)

(c) John Benjamins Publishing Company
The phonetics of stress in Greek
Amalia Arvaniti

This paper reports on two experiments that investigate the acoustic
correlates of primary stress in Greek. The results clearly show that
the most robust correlate is amplitude integral, a measurement that
combines those of duration and (average) amplitude, and thus is closer
to the perceptual property of prominence that characterises stressed
syllables. The paper also discusses the role of pitch in signalling
stress, by presenting new and re-analysing existing data on this
issue. The significance of the present results for our understanding
of Greek rhythmic structure is briefly discussed.

Islands and LF-movement in Greek sluicing
Jason Merchant

This paper investigates the interaction of island insensitivities and
form-identity effects in sluicing, and examines the consequences of
these for the architecture of ellipsis resolution. On the basis of a
number of novel facts from Greek, it is argued that current
approaches, both PF-deletion and LF-copying, are inadequate. The
present data instead motivate a revised LF-copying approach which
relies on the scoping movement of indefinites at LF and �-chain

On the left periphery: Modal particles and complementisers
Anna Roussou

The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to provide a unified
account of the particles �a, na and as in Greek, and second, to refine
the articulated CP structure of Rizzi (1997). To this end, it is
argued that �a, na, and as occupy the lower C head, which is specified
for modality. The particles na and as further raise to a higher C
head (partly similar to Rizzi's Force), thus differing from �a. The
distribution of topic and focus in relation to the particles and the
typical complementisers oti and an is used as evidence for the
postulation of an additional C head characterised as a
subordinator/connector, typically occupied by the complementiser pu
and optionally by oti and an. The resulting structure differs from
Rizzi's (1997) in that it provides a tripartite C structure and places
FocusP/TopicP between the two higher C heads. In the light of this
analysis we also consider the position of negation, as well as the
position of the verb in imperatives and gerunds.

Verb lexicons in SLI: Some experimental data from Modern Greek
Stavroula Stavrakaki

The aim of this study is to investigate the verb lexicons of Greek
children with SLI on the basis of experimental data from production
and comprehension tasks. Two groups of children participated in the
experiments: one group of 4 SLI children and one control group of
normally developing children matched on chronological age. As the
production data analysis indicates, SLI children use a limited verb
lexicon comprising a considerable number of light verbs that were
often used in a non-adult fashion. Despite the apparent differences
between SLI children's verb production and that of the control group,
it is argued that the verb lexicons of SLI children are compatible
with the adult verb system in Modern Greek. Based on comprehension
data, it is suggested that SLI children's problems in verb production
can be attributed to difficulties in verb retrieval rather than to
completely impaired lexical representations.

Gerunds in Greek
Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli

This paper discusses the properties of Greek V -ondas forms, referred
to as gerunds in Holton et al. (1997). It is argued that the clauses
in which they occur are adjuncts with a reduced functional
structure. Their temporal interpretation will be shown to illustrate
the underspecified status of the features of the V- ondas complex as
well as the truncated structure of the clause in which it occurs. The
position and interpretation of subjects of gerunds will be argued to
follow from (a) the inflectional underspecification of gerunds and (b)
the pragmatic nature of control.

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