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Title Language and linguistic contact in ancient Sicily / edited by Olga Tribulato
Published Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, [2012]
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Series Cambridge classical studies
Cambridge classical studies.
Contents 'So many Sicilies': introducing language and linguistic contact in ancient Sicily Olga Tribulato -- Part I. Non-Classical Languages: 1. Language relations in Sicily: evidence for the speech of the Sikanoi, the Sikeloi and others / Paolo Poccetti; 2. The Elymian language / Simona Marchesini; 3. Phoenician and Punic in Sicily / Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo; 4. Oscan in Sicily / James Clackson; 5. Traces of language contact in Sicilian onomastics: evidence from the Great Curse of Selinous / Gerhard Meiser; 6. Coins and language in ancient Sicily / Oliver Simkin -- Part II. Greek: 7. Sicilian Greek before the fourth century BC: an overview of the dialects / Ssuanna Mimbrera; 8. The Sicilian Doric koine / Susanna Mimbrera; 9. Intimations of koine in Sicilian Doric: the information provided by the Antiatticist / Albio Cesare Cassio; 10. 'We speak Peloponnesian': tradition and linguistic identity in post-classical Sicilian literature / Andreas Willi -- Part III. Latin: 11. Siculi bilingues? Latin in the inscriptions of early Roman Sicily / Olga Tribulato; 12. Sicily in the Roman imperial period: language and society / Kalle Korhonen
Summary "Within the field of ancient bilingualism, Sicily represents a unique terrain for analysis as a result of its incredibly rich linguistic history, in which 'colonial' languages belonging to branches as diverse as Italic (Oscan and Latin), Greek and Semitic (Phoenician) interacted with the languages of the natives (the elusive Sicel, Sicanian and Elymian). The result of this ancient melting-pot was a culture characterised by 'postcolonial' features such as ethnic hybridity, multilingualism and artistic and literary experimentation. While Greek soon emerged as the leading language, dominating official communication and literature, epigraphic sources and indirect evidence show that the minority languages held their ground down to the fifth century BCE, and in some cases beyond. The first two parts of the volume discuss these languages and their interaction with Greek, while the third part focuses on the sociolinguistic revolution brought about by the arrival of the Romans"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Bilingualism -- Italy -- Sicily -- History.
Greek language -- Influence on Latin.
Greek language, Medieval and late -- Dialects -- Italy -- Sicily -- Foreign elements -- Latin
Greek language, Medieval and late -- Dialects -- Italy -- Sicily -- History.
Historical linguistics -- Italy -- Sicily.
Latin language -- Dialects -- Italy -- Sicily -- Foreign elements -- Greek
Latin language -- Dialects -- Italy -- Sicily -- History.
Sociolinguistics -- Italy -- Sicily -- History.
Italy -- Languages -- Pre-Italic.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Tribulato, Olga, 1975- editor
ISBN 1139248936 (electronic bk.)
1139840479 (electronic bk.)
9781139248938 (electronic bk.)
9781139840477 (electronic bk.)