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Historical sociolinguistics : pragmatics and semiotics, and the study of Medieval Greek literature

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This paper focuses on the definition of historical sociolinguistics (HSL), and on the data that make HSL analyses on Medieval Greek possible. It also outlines the two main targets of HSL research on Medieval Greek, namely the description of linguistic phenomena (such as loanwords, and U+201CAtticizedU+201D / U+201CKoineU+201D Greek), and textual interpretation. The links between HSL analyses and hermeneutics are also explored: Since the use of language is a communicative strategy, those who aim to interpret Byzantine texts should look at linguistic phenomena from the speech communityU+2019s perspective.In addition, the author mentions some important desiderata in this field. In order to undertake HSL studies on Medieval Greek, for example, it is necessary to systematically analyze collections of contemporaneous Byzantine linguistic and pragmatic descriptions of Medieval Greek, such as medieval textbooks for the teaching of Greek, as well as the context in which these texts were produced; studies on manuscripts and medieval book culture will help us with this task.
Boek: Toward a historical sociolinguistic poetics of Medieval Greek
Series: Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization
Pagina's: 1 - 33
Jaar van publicatie:2017