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The Particles αὖ and αὖτε in Ancient Greek as Topicalizing Devices

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This chapter describes some of the meanings of the particles and in particular it concentrates on those that contribute to topic management in Ancient Greek. It explores the connection between topicality and the use of the particles. First of all, some previous remarks are taken into account before applying this typology. An entity's status as Topic is dynamic: an entity can be a New Topic at a certain point of the discourse, turn into a given Topic in the next, be kept as such for a while, be given up and disappear, be resumed later, and so on. Second, the chapter establishes no difference between Topic and Theme and it makes use of both labels as if they were equivalent, although they are not. Sentence and discourse Topics may or may not overlap.

Keywords: concentrates; Ancient Greek



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