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Toward a Historical Sociolinguistic Poetics of Medieval Greek

A. Cuomo, E. Trapp (eds.)
VIII+240 p., 10 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57713-5
Languages: English, German
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This volume collects some of the papers presented at two international conferences, held in Vienna, on historical sociolinguistics and late Byzantine historiography.

How can historical sociolinguistic analyses of Medieval Greek aid the interpretation of Medieval Greek texts? This is the main question that the papers collected in this volume aim to address. The term “historical sociolinguistics” (HSL), a discipline that combines linguistic, social, historical, and philological sciences, suggests that a language cannot be studied without its social dimension. Similarly, the study of a language in its social dimension is nothing else than the study of the communication which takes place between members of a given speech community by the means of written texts. These are seen as sets of shared “signs” used by authors to communicate to their audiences.

This volume is divided into two distinct parts. In the first, Cuomo's and Bentein’s papers aim to offer an overview on the discipline and examples of applied HSL. Valente’s, Bianconi’s, and Pérez-Martín’s papers will then show how to study the “context of production and reception” of Byzantine texts. These are followed by Horrocks’ study on some features of Atticized Medieval Greek. In the second part, the contributions by Telelis, Odorico, and Manolova focus on the context of reception of the texts by Georgios Pachymeres, Theodoros Pediasimos, and Nikephoros Gregoras respectively.

Andrea Massimo Cuomo (PhD in Classics, Vienna 2011) has worked as a PostDoc researcher at the Division of Byzantine Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, since 2012. His main areas of research include: classical education in Palaeologan Byzantium, historical sociolinguistics, hermeneutics, and late Byzantine scholia on Sophocles.

Erich Trapp was appointed professor at the University of Bonn in 1973, where he held the chair of Byzantine Studies until 2007. He was the editor of the Prosopographisches Lexikon der Palaiologenzeit and of the Lexikon zur Byzantinischen Gräzität. He is currently a Guest Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
Table of Contents

Andrea Massimo Cuomo, Historical Sociolinguistics – Pragmatics and Semiotics, and the Study of Medieval Greek Literature;

Klaas Bentein, Towards a Socio-Historical Analysis of Ancient Greek? Some Problems and Prospects;

Stefano Valente, Old and New Lexica in Palaeologan Byzantium;

Daniele Bianconi, La lettura dei testi antichi fra erudizione e didattica. Qualche esempio d’età Paleologa;

Inmaculada Pérez Martín, Aristides’ Panathenaikos as a Byzantine schoolbook: Nikephoros Gregoras’ notes on Ms. Escorial Φ.Ι.18;

Geoffrey Horrocks, Georgios Akropolitis: Theory and Practice in the Language of later Byzantine Historiography;

Ioannis Telelis, Tεχνικὸς διδάσκαλος: Georgios Pachymeres as a paraphrasist of Aristotelian meteorology;

Divna Manolova, The Student Becomes the Teacher: Nikephoros Gregoras’ Hortatory Letter Concerning Astronomy;

Paolo Odorico, Identité et craintes. Théodore Pédiasimos à Serrès au XIVe siècle.
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Linguistics (general)
Literary theory
Literary theory (general)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Greek language
History of the Greek language
Byzantine Greek language
Greek literature
Byzantine Greek literature

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