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What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence?

Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long period of stasis.

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    It modifies "cognizant", the head of the AdjP "newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments", which functions as predicative complement of "be".
    – BillJ
    Jan 17, 2019 at 12:13
  • @BillJ probably you are right. My mistake.
    – RubioRic
    Jan 17, 2019 at 12:35
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    @BillJ Why a comment instead of an answer? That seems quite complete.
    – Tashus
    Jan 17, 2019 at 15:16

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It modifies "cognizant", the head of the Adjective phrase "newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments", which functions as the predicative complement of "be".

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