By Egbert J. Bakker
A entire account of the language of historical Greek civilization in one quantity, with contributions from top overseas students masking the historic, geographical, sociolinguistic, and literary views of the language. a suite of 36 unique essays through a workforce of overseas scholarsTreats the survival and transmission of historical GreekIncludes discussions on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
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Argolic art. article ath. athematic Att. Attic Avest. Avestan Bithyn. Bithynia Boe. Boeotian c. circa Capp. Cappadocia cent. century Cilic. Cilicia xxxvi Linguistic and Other Abbreviations Class. Classical Copt. Coptic Cret. Cretan Cyp. Cypriot d. died dat. dative Delph. Delphian Dor. Doric du. dual E. East E. Gk East Greek E. Ion. Gk Early Modern Greek ed(s). editor(s) Eg. Egyptian, Egypt El. Elean ep. epic Eub. Euboean exx. examples fem. feminine fl. floruit fragm. fragment fut. future fut. pf.
These factors come directly to the fore in the remaining chapters in this section, which deal with the rich set of phenomena, linguistic and social, resulting from the encounter between speakers of Greek with the languages surrounding it, or – and no less important – between the speakers of those languages and Greek. Shane Hawkins gives an overview of the evidence we have, directly linguistic or indirectly literary, for the contacts between Greek and its speakers and a variety of languages in the Near East.
In such a context, the Greek language becomes an object of reflection mainly as a pedagogical challenge: learning the language as first step toward, and necessary condition for, access to the ancient world. , Smyth 1956) are based on nineteenth-century German scholarship that considers deep knowledge of the language as the most powerful – and necessary – hermeneutic tool in the philologist’s arsenal. The Greek language is seen as a highly refined (and evolved) means of expressing an author’s thought, so that knowing the language’s syntax in all its nuances can give the philologist access to this thought and to the world that shaped it.
A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Egbert J. Bakker