Word order in Wh- questions in the New Testament

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The Greek New Testament (NT) is believed to have been composed in Koine Greek sometime after 45 AD. Word order in NT Greek is quite ‘free’ in that all permutations of S(ubject), V(erb) and O(bject) are  found in main clauses. However, compared to its Classical Greek (CG) predecessor, which has been referred to as ‘nonconfigurational’ (Cervin 1990), NT Greek shows a striking increase of SVO and VSO orders, and is more reminiscent of currently spoken Modern Greek (MG) than of CG. In this talk I will claim that the SVO-VSO alternation constitutes the basic word order of the language, and departing from this, I examine word order in Wh- questions. I will reveal an asymmetry among adjunct and argument Wh- questions; namely the former show all word order possibilities available in declarative clauses, while argument Wh- questions are restricted to Wh-VS orders. I will account for this asymmetry through the claim that adjunct Wh- interrogatives do not undergo syntactic movement, but are added (directly merged) on top of an existing proposition (Rizzi 1999, Ko 2005). Argument Wh- interrogatives, on the other hand, undergo syntactic movement. This movement process eliminates one word order possibility in argument questions, Wh-Subject-Verb, or more precisely, Wh-topic-verb. I explain this restriction in terms of a Relativized Minimality violation (Rizzi 1990). 

Cervin, Richard. 1990. Word order in Ancient Greek: VSO,  SVO, SOV, or all of the above?. Ph.D. diss., University of Illinois.
Ko, Heejeong. 2005. “Syntax of Why-in-situ: merge into [Spec,CP] in the overt syntax”. NLLT 23. 867-916.
Rizzi, Luigi. 1990. Relativized Minimality. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT press. 
Rizzi, Luigi. 1999. “On the position of “Int(errogative)” in the Left Periphery of the Clause”, Ms., Università di Siena.
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