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A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: a case study of light verbs in the chronicle of Morea

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In this article, I strengthen the contested view that the distribution of Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns is not only regulated by a syntactic rule but also by a pragmatic principle, i.e. that fronted focalised information attracts object clitic pronouns into preverbal position. For this purpose, I appeal to the modern concept of "light verbs", as the direct objects of these semantically weak, unspecific verbs can be assumed to constitute focalised information. By means of a case study of the fourteenth century Chronicle of Morea, I demonstrate that almost all the fronted direct objects of the light verbs ('to do') and ('to give') are indeed associated with preverbal object clitic pronouns. As such, the so-called "focus-hypothesis" can be verified in an objective way.
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DISCOURSE, Late Medieval Greek, topic/focus, light verbs, object clitic pronouns

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Soltic, Jorie. “A Defence of the Focus Hypothesis Concerning Late Medieval Greek Object Clitic Pronouns: A Case Study of Light Verbs in the Chronicle of Morea.” JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS, vol. 14, no. 2, 2013, pp. 185–209, doi:10.1075/jhp.14.2.02sol.
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Soltic, J. (2013). A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: a case study of light verbs in the chronicle of Morea. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS, 14(2), 185–209. https://doi.org/10.1075/jhp.14.2.02sol
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Soltic, Jorie. 2013. “A Defence of the Focus Hypothesis Concerning Late Medieval Greek Object Clitic Pronouns: A Case Study of Light Verbs in the Chronicle of Morea.” JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS 14 (2): 185–209. https://doi.org/10.1075/jhp.14.2.02sol.
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Soltic, Jorie. 2013. “A Defence of the Focus Hypothesis Concerning Late Medieval Greek Object Clitic Pronouns: A Case Study of Light Verbs in the Chronicle of Morea.” JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS 14 (2): 185–209. doi:10.1075/jhp.14.2.02sol.
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Soltic J. A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: a case study of light verbs in the chronicle of Morea. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS. 2013;14(2):185–209.
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J. Soltic, “A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: a case study of light verbs in the chronicle of Morea,” JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 185–209, 2013.
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  journal      = {{JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL PRAGMATICS}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{185--209}},
  title        = {{A defence of the focus hypothesis concerning Late Medieval Greek object clitic pronouns: a case study of light verbs in the chronicle of Morea}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jhp.14.2.02sol}},
  volume       = {{14}},
  year         = {{2013}},
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