Colloquium: General aspects of intensity in Modern Greek

October 6, 3:30-5pm, Cobb 201
Zoe Gavriilidou, Democritus University of Thrace

In this talk I will focus on mechanisms creating intensity effects in Greek Language. First I will attempt a general overview of previous literature focusing on intensity. Then I will consider Greek intensive prefixes such as αρχι- , θεο-, κατά-, παν- , παρά-, ολο- , υπέρ- or suffixes such as -αράσ, -άρα as well as cases of deverbal adjectives of the structure (negative prefix+verbal stem+τόσ `able')Adj which develop an unattended intensive meaning. Finally, emphasis will be placed at the lexical level where I will study the lexical realization of intensity and the relation between frozenness and intensity in expressions as έφαγα τον άμπακα `I ate the abacus' meaning `I ate a lot' or ταξίδι-αςτραπή `lightning trip' meaning `an extremely fast trip', πεινάω ςαν λφκοσ `be hungry like a wolf' meaning `I am very hungry'.