The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm

Karatsareas, P. 2019. The morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm. in: Ralli, A. (ed.) The Morphology of Asia Minor Dialects: selected topics Leiden Brill. pp. 148-180

Chapter titleThe morphology of Silliot Greek: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic levelling, and affix pleonasm
AuthorsKaratsareas, P.
EditorsRalli, A.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsSilliot Greek
morphology
paradigms
defectiveness
levelling
affix
pleonasm
Book titleThe Morphology of Asia Minor Dialects: selected topics
Page range148-180
Year2019
PublisherBrill
Publication dates
Published27 Jun 2019
Place of publicationLeiden
ISBN9789004394490
ISSN2210-6243
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004394506_006
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