The Future in Greek: From Ancient to Medieval

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OUP Oxford, Nov 27, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 308 pages
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The future has exercised students of Modern Greek language developments for many years, and no satisfactory set of arguments for the development of the modern form from the ancient usages has ever been produced. Theodore Markopoulos elucidates the stages that led up to the appearance of the modern future in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He does so by focussing on the three main modes of future referencing ('mello', 'echo', and 'thelo'). He discusses these patterns in the classical and Hellenistic-Roman periods, the early medieval period (fifth to tenth centuries), and the late medieval period (eleventh to fifteenth centuries). The argument is supported by reference to a large and representative corpus of texts (all translated into English) from which the author draws many examples. In his conclusion Dr Markopoulos considers the implications of his findings and methodology for syntactic and semantic history of Greek.
 

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Contents

aims theory and method
1
the origins
19
proliferation of AVCs
46
the misty transition
87
the dominance of a single AVC
115
6 Conclusions
225
Abbreviations of texts
234
Bibliography
243
Name Index
283
Subject Index
286
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Theodore Markopoulos is a Marie Curie Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden. Since receiving his PhD from Cambridge University, he has written extensively on the history of Greek language. His most recent work concerns language contact in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Medieval period.

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