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Greek Particles: Just A Literary Phenomenon?

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When most modern readers approach Ancient Greek, one of the first features of the language to attract their attention is the large number of particles that evade easy translation. This chapter builds on Duhoux's work in two ways, effecting in the end a rapprochement with Denniston's views. First, it argues that Duhoux is at times too quick to label particular instances of particles as non-dialogical and therefore as characteristic of the written language. Second, a reassignment of several particles from a non-dialogical group to a dialogical group disrupts the distinction proposed by Duhoux between connective particles being non-dialogical and the other particles being dialogical. As connective particles are found in both dialogical and non-dialogical Greek, a more accurate statement of the difference turns out to be that representational particles are frequent in non-dialogical texts, interactional particles in dialogical texts; presentational particles, occupying an intermediate position, can align with either category.

Keywords: Duhoux; Greek



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