Grammar As Interpretation: Greek Literature in Its Linguistic Contexts

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Egbert J. Bakker
BRILL, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
Looking at its subject from the standpoint of modern discourse analysis, this study deals with problems of style and grammar in Greek and Latin texts. Its aim is to shed light on the interaction between the mechanism of the Greek and Latin languages as interactive tools and the structure of the texts that have come down to us. The interpretive orientation offered differs from most literary studies in its taking linguistic observations as point of departure, and its considering grammar as a positive factor in the interpretive process. It differs from most linguistic studies in the field in demonstrating the importance of linguistic methodology for classical philology in general. The book contains studies of various authors, genres, and text types, preceded by an introductory essay on the role of grammar in philology.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Verbal Aspect and Mimetic Description
7
Chapter Two Interpreting Adjective Position in Herodotus
55
Chapter Three Towards a Rhetoric of Ancient Scientific
77
Chapter Four The Grammar of the SoCalled Historical
131
Chapter Six Modal Particles and Different Points of View
215
Index Locorum
251
General Index
259
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Egbert J. Bakker is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Montreal. He has published extensively on linguistic issues and the interpretation of Greek texts. His previous publications include "Linguistics and Formulas in Homer" ("Amsterdam," 1988), and "Poetry in Speech" ("Ithaca and London," 1996).