|Chapter title||The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm|
In this chapter, I discuss the synchrony and diachrony of three morphological features of Silliot Greek: the defective inflection of the definite article; the levelling of the parisyllabic and imparisyllabic declensions in masculine and feminine nouns into two unified inflectional classes; and, the formation of the imperfective past by means of the pleonastic suffixes -inondʒisk- and -inosk-. I show that all three phenomena have sporadic parallels in the other dialects of the inner Asia Minor Greek group (Cappadocian, Pharasiot as well as in Pontic), which I take to suggest that their development must have been set in motion at some earlier point in the history of the Asia Minor Greek dialects. I also show that, in Silliot, these innovations exhibit an increased degree of systematicity and regularity, and that they provide evidence for a tendency to reduce morphological contrasts and material in the dialect. I argue that, with the exception of some aspects of the diachrony of the defective definite article, this has been achieved largely through language-internal processes of change.
|Book title||The Morphology of Asia Minor Dialects: selected topics|
|Published||27 Jun 2019|
|Place of publication||Leiden|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004394506_006|