How do linguistic innovations enter Homer’s technique of oral-verse composition, and how can we study them? Over the years, scholars have looked at how new phonological and morphological features are gradually integrated in the language of epic (Janko 1982, Hoekstra 1964, Andersen and Haug 2012). So far, however, nobody has investigated the spread of syntactic innovations in Homer - an area just as rich and consequential for the diachronic study of Greek. In this domain, the properties and the distribution of ὁ ἡ τό across Homeric poems constitute a particularly appealing case study (Guardiano 2013). Homer, in fact, seems to be our only witness to the transition of ὁ ἡ τό from “demonstrative” and anaphoric pronoun (as in Mycenean) to fully grammaticalized definite article (as in Plato, Guardiano 2003, 2011). The goal of this paper is then to systematically track how early adnominal usages of ὁ ἡ τό are spreading into the technique.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Titolo:||ὁ ἡ τό in Homer: Tracking the Spread of a Syntactic Innovation.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Abstract in Atti di Convegno|
File in questo prodotto:
I documenti presenti in Iris Unimore sono rilasciati con licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 3.0 Italia, salvo diversa indicazione.
In caso di violazione di copyright, contattare Supporto Iris