13 Replies to “Case Attraction in Ancient Greek”

  1. That’s wonderful, Steve. I just compared the first page of the pdf to the first page of the preview on the abstract page linked in the original post above, and they look the same. I will enjoy reading it!

  2. Do any of you know where Scott is these days or how to get in touch with him? It would be nice to be able to converse with him about his view of case attraction or invite him to join the discussion online.

  3. I’ve had a read of this article this afternoon. (It is a nice coincidence that I’m teaching the relative pronoun in my Greek class tomorrow.)

    The article is a bit hard to follow, especially at the end, without understanding optimality theory (OT). Fortunately, the article on OT on Wikipedia is good enough to make sense of what Grimm is doing with those attraction tableaux at the end in TABLES 2 and 3.

    What I think the article contributes is some further specifying of the conditions under which attraction takes place (non-agentivity), an independent justification of the already observed case hierarchy in attraction, and an integration of the related phenomenon of “inverse attraction.” How to teach this, on the other hand, is going to be challenging.

    1. I look forward to reading it myself, perhaps tomorrow. I’ve got a number of things to complete before I can get to it, but it sounds really interesting. I’ll read up on Optimality Theory too.

      1. That’s a very funny story. While the article does provide a basic perspective on Optimality Theory, I get the sense that the purpose of the article was comedic—a chance to tell a great story from the Talmud.

  4. I just sent Scott Grimm an email and invited him to join the discussion. I don’t know if he will want to do so or have the time, but I made the plea. Personally, I’d love to hear him comment on his work.

  5. I received a very gracious email from Scott Grimm who said he would be willing to engage in dialogue with us if we have questions about his thesis. If you are reading it and would like to ask anything, post it here, and I’ll pass it along to him. I think he will be willing to write a response.

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