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Toward a Historical Sociolinguistic Poetics of Medieval Greek

A. Cuomo, E. Trapp (eds.)
VIII+233 p., 11 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57713-5
Languages: English, French, Italian
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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 in the interpretation of Medieval Greek texts? This is the main question addressed by the papers collected in this volume. Historical sociolinguistics (HSL) is a discipline that combines linguistic, social, historical, and philological sciences, and suggests that a language cannot be studied apart from its social dimension. Similarly, the study of a language in its social dimension is nothing else than the study of communication between members of a given speech community by means of written texts, the shared "signs" used by authors to communicate with their audiences.

This volume is divided into two parts. In the first, Cuomo’s and Bentein’s papers aim to offer an overview of the discipline and examples of applied HSL. Valente’s, Bianconi’s, and Pérez-Martín’s papers show how the context of production and reception of Byzantine texts should be studied. 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 texts by Georgios Pachymeres, Theodoros Pediasimos, and Nikephoros Gregoras respectively.

Andrea Massimo Cuomo 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, 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 Paraphrast 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
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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