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Books: Historical Linguistics: Bortone

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Date: 23-Jun-2010
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Title: Greek Prepositions Subtitle: From Antiquity to the Present Published: 2010 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Pietro Bortone Hardback: ISBN: 9780199556854 Pages: 360 Price: U.K. £ 65.00

This is the most comprehensive history of the Greek prepositional system everpublished. It is set within a broad typological context and examines interrelatedsyntactic, morphological, and semantic change over three millennia. Byincluding, for the first time, Medieval and Modern Greek, Dr Bortone is able toshow how the changes in meaning of Greek prepositions follow a clear andrecurring pattern of immense theoretical interest. The author opens the book bydiscussing the relevant background issues concerning the function, meaning,and genesis of adpositions and cases. He then traces the development ofprepositions and case markers in ancient Greek (Homeric and classical, withinsights from Linear B and reconstructed Indo-European); Hellenistic Greek,which he examines mainly on the basis of Biblical Greek; Medieval Greek, theleast studied but most revealing phase; and Modern Greek, in which he alsoconsiders the influence of the learned tradition and neighbouring languages.Written in an accessible and non-specialist style, this book will interest classicalphilologists, as well as historical linguists and theoretical linguists.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient (grc)                             Greek (ell)                             Middle Greek (qgk)
Written In: English (eng )

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