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### Or rather asyndeton? Inferential expressions and their social value in Greek official petitions (I – IV AD)

Klaas Bentein UGent (2016) 59. p.23-51
abstract
Mullins (1962) first suggested that the choice for a request verb in Greek petitions is socially conditioned: ἀξιόω, he argues, functions as the routine request verb, while δέομαι is more formal. In this article, I investigate whether similar observations can be made with regard to the inferential expressions preceding the request verb, that is, διό, διὰ τοῦτο, ὅθεν, τοίνυν, and οὖν. Focusing on the social status of the addressee, I argue that it may, indeed, be possible to situate these different conjunctions on a social scale. That being said, it should be stressed that we are not dealing with a mechanical ‘rule’, which is never the case in historical sociolinguistics. To conclude the article, I discuss a number of alternative inferential expressions, including asyndeton.
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διό, διὰ τοῦτο, ὅθεν, τοίνυν, οὖν, or rather asyndeton? Inferential expressions and their social value in Greek official petitions (I – IV AD)
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published
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historical sociolinguistics, social status, official petition, conjunction, inferentiality
journal title
ACTA CLASSICA
volume
59
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23 - 51
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Article
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000393579000002
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0065-1141
DOI
10.15731/AClass.059.02
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English
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7161588
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7161588
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2016-03-24 14:24:12
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author       = {Bentein, Klaas},
issn         = {0065-1141},
journal      = {ACTA CLASSICA },
keyword      = {historical sociolinguistics,social status,official petition,conjunction,inferentiality},
language     = {eng},
pages        = {23--51},
title        = {Or rather asyndeton? Inferential expressions and their social value in Greek official petitions (I -- IV AD)},
url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.15731/AClass.059.02},
volume       = {59},
year         = {2016},
}


Chicago
Bentein, Klaas. 2016. “Or Rather Asyndeton? Inferential Expressions and Their Social Value in Greek Official Petitions (I – IV AD).” Acta Classica 59: 23–51.
APA
Bentein, K. (2016). Or rather asyndeton? Inferential expressions and their social value in Greek official petitions (I – IV AD). ACTA CLASSICA , 59, 23–51.
Vancouver
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Bentein K. Or rather asyndeton? Inferential expressions and their social value in Greek official petitions (I – IV AD). ACTA CLASSICA . 2016;59:23–51.
MLA
Bentein, Klaas. “Or Rather Asyndeton? Inferential Expressions and Their Social Value in Greek Official Petitions (I – IV AD).” ACTA CLASSICA 59 (2016): 23–51. Print.