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Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily: Evaluating Language Contact in a Fragmentary Corpus

Oscan in Southern Italy and Sicily: Evaluating Language Contact in a Fragmentary Corpus (Hardback)

By McDonald, Katherine

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In pre-Roman Italy and Sicily, dozens of languages and writing systems competed and interacted, and bilingualism was the norm. Using frameworks from epigraphy, archaeology and the sociolinguistics of language contact, this book explores the relationship between Greek and Oscan, t...wo of the most widely spoken languages in the south of the peninsula. Dr McDonald undertakes a new analysis of the entire corpus of South Oscan texts written in Lucania, Bruttium and Messana, including dedications, curse tablets, laws, funerary texts and graffiti. She demonstrates that genre and domain are critical to understanding where and when Greek was used within Oscan-speaking communities, and how ancient bilinguals exploited the social meaning of their languages in their writing. This book also offers a cutting-edge example of how to build the fullest possible picture of bilingualism in fragmentary languages across the ancient world.
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ISBN 9781107103832
Released NZ 1 Oct 2015
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Hardback
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Series Cambridge Classical Studies
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ISBN-13 9781107103832
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Imprint Cambridge University Press
Released 1 Oct 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McDonald, Katherine
Series Cambridge Classical Studies
Category Historical & Comparative Linguistics
World History: BCE To C 500 CE
European History
Number of Pages 325
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 937.02
Weight 570g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Oscan language, Inscriptions, Oscan
NBS Text History: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly