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Word Order In Multiple-Modifier Nps

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This chapter discusses Ancient Greek word order in multiple-modifier noun phrases (NPs). It first argues that the order of the modifiers, both in relation to the noun and to themselves, depends on the very same pragmatic principle that determines the position of the modifier in single-modifier NPs, viz. the more salient the information, the further to the left it has to be expressed. The chapter then demonstrates that this pragmatic principle also plays a role in the ordering of NPs with coordinated modifiers, but a much smaller one. The chapter also argues that the difference between juxtaposed and coordinated modifiers resides in the scope of the modifiers. In the case of juxtaposed modifiers, one of the modifiers has scope over the combination of noun plus the other modifiers. All in all, the grammars are correct in claiming that in multiple-modifier NPs everything is possible. But not so in every context.

Keywords: Ancient Greek word order; coordinated modifiers; juxtaposed modifiers; multiple-modifier noun phrases (NPs)



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