Date: 07-Jun-2005 From: Rudolph C Troike <rtroikeU.Arizona.EDU> Subject: Re: Linguist List 16.1780. History of Ling/L2 Acquisition
Regarding Ron Sheen's query, it is my impression from reading that Greek slaves were specifically retained as tutors, since Greek was held in much the esteem that later British and other European elites regarded French. It was precisely out of the need to teach Greek as a second language that some of the earliest elaborated Greek grammars were developed (much as Ben Jonson wrote one of the first ESL texts), which formed the basis of Varro's grammar of Latin. I have not read Thomas' book, but perhaps the reviewer's summary over-telescoped matters in the interests of brevity.
Rudy Troike University of Arizona Dept. of English & Dept. of Linguistics