Early Greek Relative Clauses by Philomen ProbertEarly Greek Relative Clauses by Philomen Probert

Early Greek Relative Clauses

byPhilomen Probert

Hardcover | February 10, 2015

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Early Greek Relative Clauses contributes to an old debate currently enjoying a revival: should we expect languages spoken a few thousand years ago, such as Proto-Indo-European, to be less well-equipped than modern languages when it comes to subordinate clauses? Early Greek relative clausesprovide a test case for this problem. Early Greek uses several kinds of relative clause, but all these are usually thought to come from one, or at most two, prehistoric types. In a new look at the evidence, this book finds that a rich variety of relative clause types has been in place for aconsiderable time. The reconstruction of prehistoric linguistic stages requires detailed work on the individual languages descending from them. A substantial part of the book is therefore devoted to a new look at the relative clause systems found in a wide variety of early Greek texts. It emerges that the same basicsystem is in use across all these texts. Different kinds of relative clause predominate in different kinds of text, however, because relative clause syntax and semantics interact with the needs of different kinds of text. Considering material as diverse as the Homeric poems, laws inscribed in stone on the island of Crete, and the philosophical prose of Heraclitus, the discussion remains clear and straightforward as Probert considers the uses and histories of different relative clause types.
Philomen Probert is University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College.
Title:Early Greek Relative ClausesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsGeneral AbbreviationsAbbreviations for Grammatical CategoriesAncient Authors and Works, with Editions UsedEpigraphic and Papyrological PublicationsSymbols1. Introduction2. Proto-Indo-European, Greek, and Primitive Languages: The Last 150 Years3. Approaches to Proto-Indo-European Relative Clauses4. What is a Relative Clause?5. Definiteness and Related Concepts6. Varieties of Greek Relative Clause7. Matters of Case8. Forays into Early Greek Relative Clauses in Non-epic Genres9. Postnominal and Inherently Maximalizing Relative Clauses in Homer10. How Does Homer Choose between Inherently Maximalizing Constructions?11. How Does Homer Choose between and#x1F41;, and#x1F21;, and#x03C4;and#x1F79;, and and#x1F45;and#x03C2;, and#x1F25;, and#x1F45;?12. Homeric Relative Clauses in Direct Speech and Narrative13. Cretan Inscriptions to 400 BC14. Against Four Syntactic Relics and For One15. ConclusionsReferencesGlossary of Technical Terms