Greek: A History of the Language and Its Speakers   -     By: Geoffrey Horrocks
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Greek: A History of the Language and Its Speakers

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A full linguistic treatment of the Greek language from the Mycenean period to the present day by one of its masters, the professor of comparative philology at the University of Cambridge. For each period, Horrocks provides a characteristic example, along with a transliteration and translation, to make his study more accessible. 525 pages, hardcover. Wiley-Blackwell.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 525
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 1405134151
ISBN-13: 9781405134156
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Publisher's Description

Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second Edition reveals the trajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the current day.

• Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language
• Updated second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia
• Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages

Author Bio

Geoffrey Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow of St. John's College. He is the author of many articles on the history and structure of the Greek language and has co-edited several volumes on themes and issues in modern Greek syntax. His previous books include Space and Time in Homer (1981), Generative Grammar (1987), Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (1997), and The Blackwell History of the Latin Languge (with James Clackson, 2007).

Editorial Reviews

"Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers." (Choice, 1 February 2011)

"The text is likewise to be recommended to individuals interested in the effects of politics, military history, and culture on the history of language. In fact, perhaps one of Horrocks' greatest achievements is the skill with which he demonstrates the special value of the history of Greek, thinking about the Greek language in terms of breadth and depth that are unusual among linguists working on Greek." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 9 May 2011)

This second takes account of reviews of the first and of the 2006 Greek translation." (Book News Inc, November 2010)

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