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      Subject-Verb Agreement with Coordinated Subjects in Ancient Greek : A Treebank-Based Study

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          In Ancient Greek, as well as in other languages, whenever agreement is triggered by two or more coordinated phrases, two different constructions are allowed: either the agreement can be controlled by the coordinated phrase as a whole, or it can be triggered by just one of the coordinated words. In spite of the amount of information that can be read on this topic in grammars of Ancient Greek, much is still to be known even at a general descriptive level. More importantly, the data still lack a convincing explanation. In this paper, we focus on a special domain of agreement (subject and verb agreement) and on one morphological feature that is expected to covary (number). We discuss the agreement in number for conjoined phrases, by revising some of the modern hypotheses with the support of the empirical evidence that can be collected from the available syntactically annotated corpora of Ancient Greek (treebanks). Results are interpreted according to syntactic features, cognitive factors and semantic properties of the coordinated phrases.

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                Journal
                15699846
                Journal of Greek Linguistics
                JGL
                Brill (The Netherlands )
                1566-5844
                1569-9846
                2016
                : 16
                : 1
                : 87-116
                Affiliations
                Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin francesco.mambrini@ 123456dainst.de
                Univesità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan marco.passarotti@ 123456unicatt.it
                10.1163/15699846-01601003
                Copyright 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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