LINGUIST List 16.555

Thu Feb 24 2005

Books: Historical Ling/Typology, Ancient Greek: Luraghi

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Ancient Greek: Luraghi

Message 1: Ancient Greek: Luraghi

Date: 22-Feb-2005
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Ancient Greek: Luraghi

Title: Ancient Greek
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 213
Published: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Silvia Luraghi, Università degli Studi di Pavia
Paperback: ISBN: 3895862398 Pages: 106 Price: Europe EURO 42

Ancient Greek provides us with a vivid picture of dialectal variation,
which is quite unusual for the highly standardized literary languages of
the antiquity. The richness of literary and non-literary sources makes it
possible to give an in-depth description of diachronic and diatopic
variation. Besides, peculiarities especially in the verbal system as well
as in clause linkage and subordination make ancient Greek extremly
interesting from a typological point of view.

While the standard handbooks of Ancient Greek provide us with highly
reliable descriptions, many of its typological peculiarities have hardly
been brought to the attention of students of linguistic typology who are
not specialized in Classics. In this grammatical sketch the author will
give a description of the standard Classical language (V century BC),
trying to highlight aspects of general interest; data on dialectal
variation and on historically different periods will be given in the

Topics discussed in the book include: (1) the socio-linguistic situation of
Ancient Greece and of the Aegean area; (2) historical and dialectal
classification of literary and non-literary sources; (3) phonology; (4)
morphology: word formation; parts of speech system; inflectional
morphology; (5) syntax of the simple sentence: word order within the
sentence and the noun phrase; use of cases; verbal voice; TAM system;
clitics; (6) parataxis and hypotaxis; use of the nominal forms of the verb;
types of subordinate clauses; (7) late syntactic developments in the koiné
(from IV century BC onwards).

Linguistic Field(s): Language Description
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Indo-European Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient (GKO)

Written In: English (ENG )

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