Re: Word Order and Emphasis

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Jun 03 1996 - 17:51:14 EDT

At 5:11 PM -0500 6/3/96, wrote:
> I've begun gathering research material for investigating emphasis
> relating to word order. The first reference I read was "Greek Word
> Order." The author stated that 'the farther the writer moved a word
> to the left in the sentence, the more emphasis it receives.' I found
> this overly simplistic although it has a kernel of truth.
> Is there any scholarly treatment of the subject of emphasis and greek
> word order that anyone can recommend?

I assume that you're carrying the investigtion beyond Hellenistic Greek? If
so, there's a marvelous little book (ca. 150 pp.) by J.D.Denniston,
entitled, if I recall aright, simply _Greek Prose Style_; it's published by
Oxford and remains in print as it has been for several decades.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA 63130
(314) 935-4018 OR

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