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Dissertation Information

Title: Tense, Aspect and Adverbials in Modern Greek Add Dissertation
Author: George Xydopoulos Update Dissertation
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Institution: University College London, PhD in Linguistics
Completed in: 1996
Linguistic Subfield(s): Semantics; Syntax;
Subject Language(s): Greek, Modern
Director(s): Maria Manzini

Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to provide a syntactic analysis of the tense and aspect systems, and of some classes of adverbials in Modern Greek (MG), within the Minimalist Programme (cf. Chomsky (1993, 1995a, 1995b)).

In Chapter 1, I provide a summary of the Minimalist Programme for Linguistic Theory as developed in Chomsky (1993, 1995a, 1995b). I further discuss word-order in MG and I adopt a working hypothesis for the structure of the clause in the language.

In Chapter 2, I make a brief review of semantic theories of tense in the literature. I consider the neo-Reichenbachian model by Hornstein (1990) in more detail. On the assumption that SRE-representations are composites of SR- and ER-relations, I suggest that the former are primary while the latter are secondary temporal relations.

In Chapter 3, I discuss the case of deictic temporal adverbs (DTA) in MG. I first examine their intrinsic properties and I review the existing analyses for them in the literature.

In Chapter 4, I examine the distinction between perfective and imperfective viewpoint aspect in MG, in terms of Smith (1991). I investigate the semantic and morphological properties of viewpoint aspect in MG and I suggest that viewpoint aspect is an independent functional category in MG and that it heads an Aspect Phrase in the sense of X-bar theory.

In Chapter 5, I discuss the syntax of 'manner' adverbs in MG. I examine their lexical and syntactic properties. I also examine the properties of 'subject-oriented' adverbs and I review existing treatments of this phenomenon.