Conference "Building modality with syntax: focus on Ancient Greek"

Країна: Греція

Місто: Athens

Тези до: 09.11.2020

Дати: 31.08.21 — 03.09.21

Е-мейл Оргкомітету: cdenizot AT

Організатори: Societas Linguistica Europeae


General discussion on modality has covered topics pertaining mostly to semantics and pragmatics including (a) the relevant semantic categories involved (“dynamicity”, “possibility”, “necessity”: van der Auwera & Plungian 1998, Nuyts 2016; “evidentiality”: Squartini 2016); (b) the role of clause polarity (factuality vs non-factuality, Kiefer 1997, Declerck 2011) and the correlation with speech acts (Narrog 2012a); (c) the pragmatically-oriented notion of “speaker’s attitude” (Palmer 1986; Nuyts 2005; see also the notion of “subjectification” in language change, cf. Traugott 2010, Narrog 2012b).

Ancient Greek is an interesting test bench for investigating modality and scholarship has dedicated studies to its rich system of moods (recently, Rijksbaron 2006, Willmott 2007), modal particles (Basset 1988, Gerö 2000, Beck et al. 2012) and modal verbs (Ruiz Yamuza 2008; Allan 2013), but also to the interaction of verbal moods with several modal adverbs and particles, e.g. ἴσως, τάχα (Ruiz Yamuza 2001; Conti 2019), τυχόν (Denizot & Vassilaki 2017), ἦ and ἄρα (la Roi 2019). The list of “modal-oriented” grammatical devices is longer and may include e.g. indefinites and negation. Recent studies suggest that “modal meanings could be available for all syntactic categories and at all the different levels of syntactic structure” (Arregui et al. 2017: 18).

All these categories may play a role in shaping modality but the way they interact and influence each other for building modal meanings has still to be explored in a more syntactically-oriented perspective. In Ancient Greek linguistics, the interaction of multiple “modal-oriented” grammatical devices has been recently explored by Drummen (2013) on ἄν + optative within the constructionist framework, Revuelta Puigdollers (2017) on result clauses in a distributionist approach, and Denizot et al. (forthcoming) on temporal clauses with ἄν in a contrastive study on three stages of Ancient Greek. The way different devices jointly contribute to create a specific modal meaning can thus be captured at the clause-level; the modal meaning in turn influences the meaning of its components (sub-clauses, reference of the indefinites, scope of the negation among others).

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