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The domain of determiners typically encompasses articles, demonstratives, possessives and quantifiers. This chapter discusses definiteness, which is followed by an analysis of the Hieroglyphic Luwian demonstratives, including a discussion of their deixis. The word order of determiners is also discussed, because the HLuwian data exhibit some variation in that area. Within the discourse domain, definiteness of a reference results from its identifiability, which in turn originates in its familiarity to speaker and addressee and its uniqueness or inclusiveness in the case of plurals and mass nouns. HLuwian has two demonstratives, namely za- 'this' for proximal deixis and apa- 'that' for distal deixis, and they serve as grammatical pointers. The Greek of Herodotus displays a difference in function associated with the word order of demonstratives, as laid out by Bakker.

Keywords: Bakker; determiners; Greek of Herodotus; Hieroglyphic Luwian demonstratives; possessives; quantifiers



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