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Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine papyri : syntax, semantics and pragmatics

Klaas Bentein (UGent)
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In the first part of this article, I discuss the syntax and semantics of the particle μέν in the Roman and Byzantine papyri (I-VI AD). As previous studies have shown, μέν went ouf of use early on in the Post-classical period. However, the particle is not entirely absent in the documentary papyri: this especially concerns ‘co-ordinate’ μέν, but examples of ‘solitary’ μέν can also be found. In the second part, I go into the pragmatics of this particle, discussing the social context in which μέν was used. For this purpose, I turn to Systemic Functional theory, which provides an integrated socio-linguistic framework (Hasan 2009).
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Ancient Greek, documentary texts, connective particles, sociolinguistics

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Bentein, Klaas. “Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine Papyri : Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics.” Koine Greek and the Evidence of Documentary Sources, edited by Trevor Evans and Genevieve Young-Evans, Peeters, 2024.
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Bentein, K. (2024). Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine papyri : syntax, semantics and pragmatics. In T. Evans & G. Young-Evans (Eds.), Koine Greek and the evidence of documentary sources. Peeters.
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Bentein, Klaas. 2024. “Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine Papyri : Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics.” In Koine Greek and the Evidence of Documentary Sources, edited by Trevor Evans and Genevieve Young-Evans. Peeters.
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Bentein, Klaas. 2024. “Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine Papyri : Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics.” In Koine Greek and the Evidence of Documentary Sources, ed by. Trevor Evans and Genevieve Young-Evans. Peeters.
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Bentein K. Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine papyri : syntax, semantics and pragmatics. In: Evans T, Young-Evans G, editors. Koine Greek and the evidence of documentary sources. Peeters; 2024.
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K. Bentein, “Μέν in the Roman and Byzantine papyri : syntax, semantics and pragmatics,” in Koine Greek and the evidence of documentary sources, T. Evans and G. Young-Evans, Eds. Peeters, 2024.
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