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À la grecque comme à la grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period.

Niels Schoubben (2018) Indologica Taurinensia. 43-44. p.1-40
abstract
This paper deals with the cultural and linguistic contacts that once existed between Greece and India, after the conquests of Alexander the Great in the regions of Bactria and the Indus Valley. I focus on the Kandahar Inscriptions, which are the Greek translations of some of the Aśoka-inscriptions, thus being a case study of the contacts between these two fundamental linguistic and cultural traditions. I will reconsider several features of these (bilingual) inscriptions, using, in particular, the recent achievements and rich apparatus of the academic fields of contact linguistics and sociolinguistics. Doing so, this paper will also contribute to the study of Indo-Greek cultural contact in general. I will argue that Indo-Greek contact during the Hellenistic Period, for the most time, needs to be interpreted as an adstratum relationship. Based on my analysis of the Middle Indo-Aryan borrowings in the Greek texts and some grammatical phenomena I will investigate, I will argue that the inscriptions are a good example of the sociolinguistic adstratum relationship between Greek and Middle Indo-Aryan.
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Language Contact, Sociolinguistics, Ancient Greek, Middle Indo-Aryan
journal title
Indologica Taurinensia
volume
43-44
pages
40 pages
language
English
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yes
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U
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8559003
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8559003
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2018-04-14 12:28:48
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2018-05-18 15:55:30
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  abstract     = {This paper deals with the cultural and linguistic contacts that once existed between Greece and India, after the conquests of Alexander the Great in the regions of Bactria and the Indus Valley. I focus on the Kandahar Inscriptions, which are the Greek translations of some of the A\'{s}oka-inscriptions, thus being a case study of the contacts between these two fundamental linguistic and cultural traditions. I will reconsider several features of these (bilingual) inscriptions, using, in particular, the recent achievements and rich apparatus of the academic fields of contact linguistics and sociolinguistics. Doing so, this paper will also contribute to the study of Indo-Greek cultural contact in general. I will argue that Indo-Greek contact during the Hellenistic Period, for the most time, needs to be interpreted as an adstratum relationship. Based on my analysis of the Middle Indo-Aryan borrowings in the Greek texts and some grammatical phenomena I will investigate, I will argue that the inscriptions are a good example of the sociolinguistic adstratum relationship between Greek and Middle Indo-Aryan.},
  author       = {Schoubben, Niels},
  journal      = {Indologica Taurinensia},
  keyword      = {Language Contact,Sociolinguistics,Ancient Greek,Middle Indo-Aryan},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1--40},
  title        = {{\`A} la grecque comme {\`a} la grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period.},
  volume       = {43-44},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Schoubben, Niels. 2018. “À La Grecque Comme à La Grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period.” Indologica Taurinensia 43-44: 1–40.
APA
Schoubben, N. (2018). À la grecque comme à la grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period. Indologica Taurinensia, 43-44, 1–40.
Vancouver
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Schoubben N. À la grecque comme à la grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period. Indologica Taurinensia. 2018;43-44:1–40.
MLA
Schoubben, Niels. “À La Grecque Comme à La Grecque - The Greek Kandahar Inscriptions as a Case Study in Indo-Greek Language Contact During the Hellenistic Period.” Indologica Taurinensia 43-44 (2018): 1–40. Print.