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The Cambridge Grammar of Medieval and Early Modern Greek
4 Volume Hardback Set


  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521195294

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  • The Greek language has a written history of more than 3,000 years. While the classical, Hellenistic and modern periods of the language are well researched, the intermediate stages are much less well known, but of great interest to those curious to know how a language changes over time. The geographical area where Greek has been spoken stretches from the Aegean Islands to the Black Sea and from Southern Italy and Sicily to the Middle East, largely corresponding to former territories of the Byzantine Empire and its successor states. This Grammar draws on a comprehensive corpus of literary and non-literary texts written in various forms of the vernacular to document the processes of change between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries, processes which can be seen as broadly comparable to the emergence of the Romance languages from Medieval Latin. Regional and dialectal variation in phonology and morphology are treated in detail.

    • The first comprehensive grammar of the Greek language covering the period from c.1100 to c.1700, with detailed analysis shedding light on the development of key features of modern Greek
    • Systematically presents new findings in phonology, morphology and syntax, and will therefore be essential for comparative studies in historical linguistics
    • Includes numerous examples to illustrate usage, taken from both literary and non-literary texts, in order to present evidence of diachronic and diatopic variation
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    'Having set themselves the task of presenting a picture of the development of the Greek language in the Middle Ages and early modern times, a group of Cambridge researchers created a fundamental work, which will also become a new tool for the study of Greek written tradition and culture.' Vera Tchentsova, Vizantijskij Vremennik

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521195294
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 137 mm
    • weight: 4.73kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: General Introduction
    Correspondence table of graphemes and phonemes
    Part I. Phonology
    1. Introduction
    2. Vowels
    3. Consonants
    4. Stress. Volume 2: Correspondence table of graphemes and phonemes
    Part II. Nominal Morphology:
    1. Introduction
    2. The Noun
    3. The Adjective
    4. Adverbs
    5. Articles, Pronouns and determiners
    6. Numerals. Volume 3: Correspondence table of graphemes and phonemes
    Part III. Verb Morphology:
    1. Introduction
    2. Stem Formation
    3. Augment
    4. Conjugation
    5. Morphosyntax. Volume 4: Correspondence table of graphemes and phonemes
    Part IV. Syntax: Introduction
    1. Main clauses
    2. Complement clauses
    3. Adverbial clauses
    4. Verbs and verb phrases
    5. Nouns and noun phrases
    6. Prepositions and prepositional phrases
    7. Coordination and apposition
    8. Constituent order.

  • Authors

    David Holton, Selwyn College, Cambridge

    Geoffrey Horrocks, University of Cambridge

    Marjolijne Janssen

    Tina Lendari, National and Capodistrian University of Athens

    Io Manolessou, Academy of Athens

    Notis Toufexis

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