Sentence Adverbs

From: clayton stirling bartholomew (
Date: Tue Aug 11 1998 - 18:41:47 EDT

In the Iliad I keep running into things that upset the tidy little system I
have developed for analyzing Greek syntax. A recent example is the sentence
adverb. This is an adverb which modifies a sentence rather than some
particular word.

I don't like sentence adverbs, they don't diagram well. Do we really have to
accept the existence of sentence adverbs or can we relegate them to the status
of UFO's.

I have a regrettable habit of trying to connect adverbials (functional
category) and adjectivals (another functional category) to a particular
nominal (functional category) or verbal (functional category). The idea of
sentence adverbs really throws a monkey wrench in all of this. Do I need to
scrap everything and start over?

Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062


Note the chaismus in the sentence starting " I have a regrettable . . .".

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