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Dionysius On The Grammatical Theory Of The Parts Of Speech

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This chapter builds on Schenkeveld?s work by using Dionysius? works as a source that can increase our knowledge of the theory of the parts of speech as it was circulating at the end of the first century BC. It sheds more light on the transmission of that theory in the period between Aristarchus and later grammarians by re-examining the relevant data that Dionysius offers on the word class theory and by interpreting them in the light of recent scholarly work. In this way, it establishes Dionysius? place in the history of the theory of the ?parts of speech?. The chapter then argues that Dionysius? treatment of the parts of speech incorporates views from different language disciplines, in particular the Alexandrian philological tradition and the Stoic philosophical tradition. The study of Dionysius? works can increase our knowledge of the development of grammatical theory between Aristarchus and Apollonius Dyscolus.

Keywords: Alexandrian philological tradition; Apollonius Dyscolus; Aristarchus; Dionysius; grammatical theory; parts of speech; Schenkeveld; Stoic philosophical tradition; word class theory



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