A Historical Greek Reader: Mycenaean to the Koine by Stephen Colvin


By Stephen Colvin

A historic Greek Reader presents an advent to the background of the traditional Greek language via a sequence of texts with linguistic statement, cross-referenced to one another and to a reference grammar on the entrance. It deals a range of epigraphic and literary texts from the Mycenaean interval (roughly the fourteenth century BC) to the koinГ© (the newest textual content dates to the second one century AD), and contains a wide variety of Greek dialect texts. The epigraphic part balances a couple of recognized inscriptions with contemporary discoveries that won't be simply on hand in different places; a range of literary texts strains significant advancements within the language of Greek poetry and literary prose. The e-book finishes with an account of the linguistic and sociolinguistic history of koinГ© Greek. The observation assumes no previous wisdom of Greek old linguistics, yet offers a uncomplicated volume of up to date bibliography in order that complicated scholars and others can pursue linguistic matters at better intensity the place beneficial.

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7. Inherited clusters of resonant + y (intervocalic) The treatment is similar to that of resonant + *s: in most dialects the result is compensatory length (κρι-νω < *κρ ν-yω), while Lesb. and Thess. show gemination (κρ ννω). But: (a) when the cluster -Ry- is preceded by a, o all dialects show metathesis of the y: *µ λαν-yα > µ λαινα, *(σ)µορ-yα > µο ρα. 8). 26 Introduction §23 It is widely assumed that between *[krin-yo:] and attested [kri:no:] ~ [krinno:] was an intermediate stage of palatalized geminates, *[kriñño:] (and so for all -Ry- clusters).

And gen. plur. to be identical. g. gen. plur. 2 12. The C-stem acc. sing. has -n added: τ ν ατ ραν 8 3. There is some evidence that the C-stem acc. plur. had also added a nasal, on the analogy of the thematic decl. (hence the transcription τ πα δα(ν) 8 11, 24). So also in Crete (Gortyn): 53 42 θυγατ ραν . 13. i-stem nouns are inflected with an intrusive - - (presumably imported from u-stems): πτ λι ι 8 6. 1 Méndez Dosuna (1985: 413–25), Ruijgh (1989: 157). 137–8). 2 Ruijgh (1988: §29. Attic-Ionic Attic-Ionic shares a range of ‘East Greek’ features with Mycenaean and Arcado-Cypriot (§8, §25): there are also, however, a number of isoglosses with West Greek, which may indicate a period of contact in the post-Mycenaean era.

6 The accentuation of dialect texts (on the Attic system) is nothing more than a typographic convention, and the linguistic reality may have been quite different in some cases. The phonological interpretation offered by the commentary is occasionally at odds with the accent of the standard editions (cf. 5 on Arc. ργων σα 7 12). 1 Threatte (1980: 176), Wachter NAGVI p. 244. 2 Méndez Dosuna (1993b). Collinge (1985: 127–31). 4 Steriade (1982: 146–53). 5 Allen (1958), Diver (1958), Nagy (1970: 102–30).

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