A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language (Blackwell by Egbert J. Bakker

By Egbert J. Bakker

A accomplished account of the language of old Greek civilization in one quantity, with contributions from major overseas students protecting the historic, geographical, sociolinguistic, and literary views of the language. a suite of 36 unique essays by means of a crew of overseas scholarsTreats the survival and transmission of historic GreekIncludes discussions on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

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Such a reductive, purely linguistic, model, he argues, obscures such complicating factors as ethnic identity and language contact. 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.

Grenfell and A. S. Hunt, The Amherst Papyri, Being an Account of the Greek Papyri in the Collection of the Right Hon. A. Batav E. Boswinkel and P. W. Pestman, Textes grecs, démotiques et bilingues, Leiden 1978 PCG R. Kassel and C. Flor. Papiri greco-egizii, Papiri Fiorentini PG J. P. Migne, Patrologia Graeca PGM K. Herc. Papyri Herculanenses Philol. Lond. Bat. Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava PMG D. L. Page, Poetae Melici Graeci, Oxford 1962 PMGF M. Mich. Mil. Oxy. B. P. Grenfell, A. S. , The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, London 1898– PP La parola del passato PPar.

This can be explained by the fact that phonetic abbreviations (which is what ligatured logograms ultimately are) in one language will not make sense in another (Palaima 1988a). 5–7). 7 Frequent Linear B logograms listing commodities Other commodities 140 141 145 159 167 200 bronze gold wool cloth ingot pan 201 202 tripod jar/ ti-ri- goblet po-de di-pa 204 233 240–242 243 pithos sword chariots wheel Some objects represented by the logograms are self-explanatory because they are graphically naturalistic (vessels, horses), others are identifiable only through the phenomenon of double-writing.

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