Textual Cohesion: Greek and Latin linguistics


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Title Textual Cohesion: Greek and Latin linguistics
Period 01 / 2002 - unknown
Status Completed
Research number OND1296419
Data Supplier Onderzoekschool OIKOS


The research group concentrates on the study of the linguistic means to signpost the structure of ancient texts and mark the cohesion between segments of the text. This involves syntactical, semantical and above all pragmatical analysis above the level of the sentence ( discourse analysis ). The group is not interested in phonology and (historical) morphology. The methodological perspective comprises various paradigms that describe language as a mode of communication. In accordance with the general methodological leaning of OIKOS, members of the research group prefer an eclectic approach over the adoption of a single descriptive model. Insights borrowed from various models in current linguistics are made productive for Greek and Latin texts. The research group organises symposia that continue the so-called 'Katwijk-overleg of researchers of Greek and Latin linguistics. Both poetic and prose texts are object of research. Special attention is directed to: Discourse Markers For a long time, investigation has been directed to structuring and interactional elements in texts, the so-called discourse markers . At present, research concentrates on particles, anaphora and strategies of thematisation; in view of the present developments, it is to be expected that this research will develop into an integrating study of all types of discourse markers. Use of Tense Object of research is the role of tenses in the structuring of discourse. As for Greek, research is directed mainly at verbal aspect, in Latin at the relationship between tense, fore- and background and particle usage. This research has proven to be extremely fruitful. Several researchers participate in an international research project organised by the CNRS.

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Project leader Prof.dr. C.H.M. Kroon

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D36200 Classic studies

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