What Graeco-Roman Grammar Was About

What Graeco-Roman Grammar Was About

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This book explains how the grammarians of the Graeco-Romance world perceived the nature and structure of the languages they taught. The volume focuses primarily on the early centuries AD, a time when the Roman Empire was at its peak; in this period, a grammarian not only had a secure place in the ancient system of education, but could take for granted an established technical understanding of language. By delineating what that ancient model of grammar was, P. H.
Matthews highlights both those aspects that have persisted to this day and seem reassuringly familiar, such as 'parts of speech', as well as those aspects that are wholly dissimilar to our present understanding of grammar and language. The volume is written to be accessible to students of linguistics
from undergraduate level upwards, and assumes no knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 148 x 224 x 22mm | 444g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198830114
  • 9780198830115
  • 1,663,806

Table of contents

1: Introduction
2: Grammar
3: Units
4: Words
5: The eight parts
6: Accidents
7: Inflectional categories
8: Speaking correctly
9: Utterances
10: Parts of utterances and their constructions
11: Derivations
12: Final comments
Ancient writers referred to
Guidance on background reading
Index of Greek and Latin terms
General index
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Review Text

The book is a successful introduction to ancient Greek and Roman thinking about language. M.L. Goldman, CHOICE
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The book is a successful introduction to ancient Greek and Roman thinking about language. * M.L. Goldman, CHOICE *
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About P. H. Matthews

P. H. Matthews is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He has formerly held positions at Bangor University and the University of Reading, and has been an Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America since 1994. His many books include The Positions of Adjectives in English (OUP 2015), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3rd edn; OUP 2014), Syntactic
Relations: A Critical Survey (CUP 2007), Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2003), and A Short History of Structural Linguistics (CUP 2001).
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