Greek Prepositions: From Antiquity to the Present

Hardcover | May 8, 2010

byPietro Bortone

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This is the most comprehensive history of the Greek prepositional system ever published. It is set within a broad typological context and examines interrelated syntactic, morphological, and semantic change over three millennia. By including, for the first time, Medieval and Modern Greek, DrBortone is able to show how the changes in meaning of Greek prepositions follow a clear and recurring pattern of immense theoretical interest. The author opens the book by discussing the relevant background issues concerning the function, meaning, and genesis of adpositions and cases. He then tracesthe development of prepositions and case markers in ancient Greek (Homeric and classical, with insights from Linear B and reconstructed Indo-European); Hellenistic Greek, which he examines mainly on the basis of Biblical Greek; Medieval Greek, the least studied but most revealing phase; and ModernGreek, in which he also considers the influence of the learned tradition and neighbouring languages. Written in an accessible and non-specialist style, this book will interest classical philologists, as well as historical linguists and theoretical linguists.

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This is the most comprehensive history of the Greek prepositional system ever published. It is set within a broad typological context and examines interrelated syntactic, morphological, and semantic change over three millennia. By including, for the first time, Medieval and Modern Greek, DrBortone is able to show how the changes in mea...

Pietro Bortone is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. He studied Classical, Medieval, and Modern Greek at King's College London, and Linguistic Theory and Comparative Philology at Oxford, and has held research fellowships at the University of Athens and at Har...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556857

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Background to Greek Prepositions1. On The Function of Prepositions2. On The Meaning of Prepositions3. On The Development of AdpositionsPart 2: The History of Greek Prepositions4. Prepositions and Cases in Ancient Greek5. Prepositions and Cases in Hellenistic Greek6. Prepositions and Cases in Medieval Greek7. Prepositions and Cases in Modern GreekEpilogueBibliographical References