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Minor complementation patterns in Post-classical Greek (I – VI AD): a socio-historical analysis of a corpus of documentary papyri

Klaas Bentein UGent (2015) SYMBOLAE OSLOENSES. 89(1). p.104-147
abstract
Classical Greek (V – IV BC) is known for the complexity of its complementation system, involving infinitival, participial and finite verb forms. In Post-classical Greek (III BC – VI AD), a simplification of this system takes place, whereby finite complementation becomes much more frequent, and ὅτι is used as a ‘generic’ complementiser. This article analyses to what extent complementation patterns other than ὅτι with a finite verb form and the accusative with infinitive are still used in the Post-classical period (I – VI AD), focusing on documentary sources (that is, letters and petitions). I show that various ‘minor’ complementation patterns are (still) attested; some of them are known from Classical Greek, while others are entirely new formations. I furthermore argue that ‘factivity’ and ‘formality’ are two key factors in explaining the distribution of these patterns.
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complementation, formality, documentary papyri, Post-classical Greek, factivity
journal title
SYMBOLAE OSLOENSES
volume
89
issue
1
pages
104 - 147
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Article
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000368026400008
ISSN
0039-7679
DOI
10.1080/00397679.2015.1095012
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English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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6957617
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-6957617
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2015-10-09 15:51:35
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Minor complementation patterns in Post-classical Greek (I -- VI AD): a socio-historical analysis of a corpus of documentary papyri},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00397679.2015.1095012},
  volume       = {89},
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Chicago
Bentein, Klaas. 2015. “Minor Complementation Patterns in Post-classical Greek (I – VI AD): a Socio-historical Analysis of a Corpus of Documentary Papyri.” Symbolae Osloenses 89 (1): 104–147.
APA
Bentein, K. (2015). Minor complementation patterns in Post-classical Greek (I – VI AD): a socio-historical analysis of a corpus of documentary papyri. SYMBOLAE OSLOENSES, 89(1), 104–147.
Vancouver
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Bentein K. Minor complementation patterns in Post-classical Greek (I – VI AD): a socio-historical analysis of a corpus of documentary papyri. SYMBOLAE OSLOENSES. 2015;89(1):104–47.
MLA
Bentein, Klaas. “Minor Complementation Patterns in Post-classical Greek (I – VI AD): a Socio-historical Analysis of a Corpus of Documentary Papyri.” SYMBOLAE OSLOENSES 89.1 (2015): 104–147. Print.