In this paper I analyze the morphological evolution of Greek reflexive pronoun from Homeric Greek to Modern Greek in light of several hypotheses of diachronic typology. First, I discuss the morphological classification of reflexive strategies proposed by Faltz (1985) and I suggest an additional possible classification according to person marking. Then, I sketch the history of reflexive pronoun in Greek on the basis of the typological classification proposed before. Moreover, two diachronic universals on person marking in reflexive pronouns proposed by Faltz (1985) are presented. Faltz's universals are then discussed according to Greek data. Conclusions are relevant for both typology and historical linguistics. On the one hand, the proposed analysis supplies typology with interesting data to test diachronic universals. On the other hand, it allows to collocate some phenomena of the history of Greek language in a wider typological frame. Obviously, in such an extended period of time, it is not possible to examine in detail all the attested reflexive markers, but it is necessary to concentrate on the forms that developed into Modern Greek reflexives. However, given such a large time scale it is possible to observe a series of changes not analyzable otherwise.

Considerazioni di tipologia morfologica sul pronome riflessivo in greco

PUDDU, NICOLETTA
2010

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In this paper I analyze the morphological evolution of Greek reflexive pronoun from Homeric Greek to Modern Greek in light of several hypotheses of diachronic typology. First, I discuss the morphological classification of reflexive strategies proposed by Faltz (1985) and I suggest an additional possible classification according to person marking. Then, I sketch the history of reflexive pronoun in Greek on the basis of the typological classification proposed before. Moreover, two diachronic universals on person marking in reflexive pronouns proposed by Faltz (1985) are presented. Faltz's universals are then discussed according to Greek data. Conclusions are relevant for both typology and historical linguistics. On the one hand, the proposed analysis supplies typology with interesting data to test diachronic universals. On the other hand, it allows to collocate some phenomena of the history of Greek language in a wider typological frame. Obviously, in such an extended period of time, it is not possible to examine in detail all the attested reflexive markers, but it is necessary to concentrate on the forms that developed into Modern Greek reflexives. However, given such a large time scale it is possible to observe a series of changes not analyzable otherwise.
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Reflexives; Greek; Historical linguistics
Riflessivi; Greco; Linguistica storica
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