By Stephen Colvin
A historic Greek Reader offers an advent to the background of the traditional Greek language by way of a sequence of texts with linguistic remark, cross-referenced to one another and to a reference grammar on the entrance. It deals a variety of epigraphic and literary texts from the Mycenaean interval (roughly the fourteenth century BC) to the koinГ© (the most up-to-date textual content dates to the second one century AD), and features a wide variety of Greek dialect texts. The epigraphic part balances a few famous inscriptions with contemporary discoveries that will not be simply on hand in different places; a range of literary texts lines significant advancements within the language of Greek poetry and literary prose. The e-book finishes with an account of the linguistic and sociolinguistic heritage of koinГ© Greek. The statement assumes no previous wisdom of Greek ancient linguistics, yet presents a uncomplicated volume of updated bibliography in order that complicated scholars and others can pursue linguistic matters at larger intensity the place useful.
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3 1 Frag. 9 (Merkelbach–West 1967). 2See Thuc. 7. 57 for a classic account of dialect and ethnic loyalty in war. g. Thuc. 6. 5 (Himera). §22. Dialects: Traditional Classiﬁcation Modern dialectology has added a fourth group to this trio, namely Arcado-Cypriot. These regions were politically and culturally marginal in the classical period, which may explain the Greeks’ failure to integrate them properly into their ethnic and linguistic classiﬁcation. 22 Introduction §22 The traditional genetic classiﬁcation of the dialects is as follows: • Arcado-Cypriot Arcadian Cypriot • Attic-Ionic Attic Ionic • Aeolic Lesbian Thessalian Boeotian • West Greek Doric (Euboean, central Ionic, eastern Ionic) (Saronic, Argolic, Laconia/Messenia, Insular, Crete) North-west Greek (Phokis, Lokris, Achaea, Elis) • Unclassiﬁed: Pamphylian The schema provides a useful reference point for describing the dialects, so long as two related features of the classiﬁcation are taken into account: (a) It is more or less inherited from the Greeks, and is therefore based on non-linguistic (cultural, political) as well as linguistic factors.
At an early date the sequence τ ν + C- gave τ (since the cluster -nsC- lost the n in pre-alphabetic Greek); while τ ν + V- was not aﬀected. (a) Most dialects generalized either τ or τ ν (the latter usually in the form το or τ ). (b) On Crete the distinction τ ν ~ τ was maintained. (c) In Lesb. 11). 10). In the acc. plur. of nouns most dialects generalized -ον (the prevocalic §23 Introduction 27 form): Thessaly, Cyprus, and Insular Doric have -ο , but it may have been heard more widely than the epigraphic record suggests.
2 They may represent back-formations from the aor. and fut. , or thematization of -ηµι. 2. The Future There was no regular IE future: the IE dialects formed it (or not) from their own resources, which accounts for the competing patterns that can be seen in ancient Greek. The future was discarded in Byzantine Greek (partly owing to its messiness, and partly because sound-change had made it diﬃcult to distinguish from the aor. ) and replaced with the periphrastic form θα´ (from θ λω) + present or perfective indic.
A Historical Greek Reader: Mycenaean to the Koine by Stephen Colvin