A Historical Greek Reader: Mycenaean to the Koine by Stephen Colvin

By Stephen Colvin

A historic Greek Reader offers an advent to the background of the traditional Greek language through a sequence of texts with linguistic observation, cross-referenced to one another and to a reference grammar on the entrance. It deals a variety of epigraphic and literary texts from the Mycenaean interval (roughly the fourteenth century BC) to the koinГ© (the newest textual content dates to the second one century AD), and incorporates a wide variety of Greek dialect texts. The epigraphic part balances a couple of famous inscriptions with fresh discoveries that will not be simply to be had in other places; a range of literary texts lines significant advancements within the language of Greek poetry and literary prose. The booklet finishes with an account of the linguistic and sociolinguistic heritage of koinГ© Greek. The statement assumes no earlier wisdom of Greek historic linguistics, yet presents a easy volume of updated bibliography in order that complex scholars and others can pursue linguistic matters at higher intensity the place invaluable.

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Had a stem in *-r, while the rest of the paradigm had a stem in *-n: Lat. femur, feminis. This gives the Gk. type παρ, πατο (~ Lat. iecur), where the old stem in -n- has been replaced by -ατ- (of uncertain origin, but common in Gk. n-stems: cf. νοµα, -το vs. Lat. no¯men, -inis). 5. -Ion. use shortened forms of at least some of the prepositions: this may depend on which consonant follows the preposition. Thus ανα´, παρα´, κατα´, ποτ appear as αν, πα´ρ, κα´τ, π τ, etc. g. κα´ββαλλε < κα´τ-βαλλε 75(a) 5 (Alkaios).

Ion. ) and some insular Doric (Crete, Thera): cf. Lesb. -ντον. Most dialects have -ντω. 4. -Ion. (that of π λι ) is peculiar: it is marked by ablaut of the i-suffix (thus nom. plur. *polei-es > π λει ), followed by extensive reorganization. The attested ˆ paradigm was built by reinterpreting (or refashioning) the old endingless loc. π ληι (lengthened stem and zero ending) as π λη-ϊ (stem plus ending -ι): cf. Hom. π ληο 66 110. Elsewhere i-stems were organized in a relatively simple pattern without ablaut, whereby endings were added to a stem in -i (πολι-).

Ion. α-σι and epic α-σι 61 7 show the same ending). , and other Ion. sources have τιθε σι (WGk. τ θεντι): cf. 77 208 for the accent. 3 13. Att. assigns relativizing function to the the pronoun < *yos. Other dialects also use the ‘article’ pronoun , , τ < *so, *sa¯, *tod as a relative (esp. 4 ionic only: 14. Ionic (with Lesb. ) has the long dat. plur. in -οισι 40 Introduction §33 (the original loc. ending), with a-stem -ηισι (the result of o-stem influence on inherited -ησι < *-α-σι). Most dialects have -οι (the old instr.

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