Τίς & Τις

Seriously, is the distinction grammars drawn between τίς & τις overdrawn?

Semantically, do not both express indefinite meaning?

Is not the relationship between the two essentially the same as that between ἐμοῦ and μου? That is, distributionally, ἐμοῦ is used to express the discourse functions Topic and Focus, whereas μου is used to for completive or background material?

Is this not the exact same situation as the indefinite pronouns?

2 thoughts on “Τίς & Τις

  1. Are you saying that interrogatives and indefinites generally are like this? πῶς and πως, ποῦ and που, ποῖ and ποι? I’ll need more to be persuaded of this.

    1. Not exactly. I was only referring to the situation with τίς and τις, where the parallels are rather explicit — both in terms of their word forms and more importantly, their distribution across the clause — both the “emphatic” pronouns and τίς consistently appear in what Steve’s grammar refers to as the P1 and P2 positions in the clause (I think in chapter 9).

      With that said, considering that all of those interrogatives have clitic counterparts, I’d be curious to look at their distribution in the clause too.

      This post was merely throwing out an idea I had while reading Greek on Saturday evening and was looking for some feedback. I’d be interested in hearing what about this little musing didn’t sit right with you.

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