Re: clause constituent order

From: Daniel Ria–o (
Date: Sat Apr 18 1998 - 10:41:02 EDT

>Ian Scott Wrote:
>Hello. I'm wondering whether anyone knows of work done (published or
>otherwise) on clause constituent order (i.e. subject, verb, object) in NT
>Greek. I keep wanting to give semantic value to certain constituent
>orders, as if something is "fronted", but have been unsure about what work
>has been done to established what the "unmarked" order is in different
>contexts. If others haven't done it, I've already started cataloguing the
>frequency of different patterns with an eye to determining the most
>common order and looking for syntactical similarities among the anomolous
>clauses. Obviously, though, if someone has already done this work it
>would save me a lot of time and grief. I know S. E. Porter published an
>article in 92 in Filologia Neotestamentica in which he bemoaned the fact
>that no one had done it yet, but someone may have taken up his challenge.
>Any ideas?

        I have done some work on that, and I have some material not yet
pubished, or even fully studied, but consultable. It deals more with
classical literature, but also with Eu.Luc. and Act.Ap. Some 20000 words
for every text are parsed, but righ now I can made searches only in the
first 5000 words of Eu.Luc. (apart from other Classical authors). Since my
main interest is not word order (or CC order) I have not taken the pain to
study every possible implication of the ordering of words, but maybe I can
answer some specifical questions (such as: what is the most common order
for XX kind of constituent? what is the relative position of X and Y? and
many others).

        Thanks to Perry Wiles for the article he quoted. I am willing to
hear more of it.

        Daniel (without his English-Spanish dictionary)


        Daniel Rian~o Rufilanchas
        c. Santa Engracia 52, 7 dcha.

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