A comprehensive account of the language of Ancient Greek civilization in a single volume, with contributions from leading international scholars covering the historical, geographical, sociolinguistic, and literary perspectives of the language.
A collection of 36 original essays by a team of international scholars
Treats the survival and transmission of Ancient Greek
Includes discussions on phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
Egbert J. Bakker is Professor of Classics at Yale University. He is the author of Poetry in Speech: Orality and Homeric Discourse (1997) and Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics (2005) and the co-editor with A. Kahane of Written Voices, Spoken Signs: Tradition, Performance, and Epic Text (1997). He has published widely on various aspects of the Greek language, in particular, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and speaking versus writing.
List of Figures viii List of Tables ix Notes on Contributors xii Symbols Used xviii Abbreviations of Ancient Authors and Works xix Abbreviations of Modern Sources xxviii Linguistic and Other Abbreviations xxxv 1 Introduction 1 Egbert J. Bakker PART I The Sources 9 2 Mycenaean Texts: The Linear B Tablets 11 Silvia Ferrara 3 Phoinikeia Grammata: An Alphabet for the Greek Language 25 Roger D. Woodard 4 Inscriptions 47 Rudolf Wachter 5 Papyri 62 Arthur Verhoogt 6 The Manuscript Tradition 69 Niels Gaul PART II The Language 83 7 Phonology 85 Philomen Probert 8 Morphology and Word Formation 104 Michael Weiss 9 Semantics and Vocabulary 120 Michael Clarke 10 Syntax 134 Evert van Emde Boas and Luuk Huitink 11 Pragmatics: Speech and Text 151 Egbert J. Bakker PART III Greek in Time and Space: Historical and Geographical Connections 169 12 Greek and Proto-Indo-European 171 Jeremy Rau 13 Mycenaean Greek 189 Rupert Thompson 14 Greek Dialects in the Archaic and Classical Ages 200 Stephen Colvin 15 Greek and the Languages of Asia Minor to the Classical Period 213 Shane Hawkins 16 Linguistic Diversity in Asia Minor during the Empire: Koine and Non-Greek Languages 228 Claude Brixhe 17 Greek in Egypt 253 Sofia Torallas Tovar 18 Jewish and Christian Greek 267 Coulter H. George 19 Greek and Latin Bilingualism 281 Bruno Rochette PART IV Greek in Context 295 20 Register Variation 297 Andreas Willi 21 Female Speech 311 Thorsten Foegen 22 Forms of Address and Markers of Status 327 Eleanor Dickey 23 Technical Languages: Science and Medicine 338 Francesca Schironi PART V Greek as Literature 355 24 Inherited Poetics 357 Joshua T. Katz 25 Language and Meter 370 Gregory Nagy 26 Literary Dialects 388 Olga Tribulato 27 The Greek of Epic 401 Olav Hackstein 28 The Language of Greek Lyric Poetry 424 Michael Silk 29 The Greek of Athenian Tragedy 441 Richard Rutherford 30 Kunstprosa: Philosophy, History, Oratory 455 Victor Bers 31 The Literary Heritage as Language: Atticism and the Second Sophistic 468 Lawrence Kim PART VI The Study of Greek 483 32 Greek Philosophers on Language 485 Casper C. de Jonge and Johannes M. van Ophuijsen 33 The Birth of Grammar in Greece 499 Andreas U. Schmidhauser 34 Language as a System in Ancient Rhetoric and Grammar 512 James I. Porter PART VII Beyond Antiquity 525 35 Byzantine Literature and the Classical Past 527 Staffan Wahlgren 36 Medieval and Early Modern Greek 539 David Holton and Io Manolessou 37 Modern Greek 564 Peter Mackridge Bibliography 588 Index 639