Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European

Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European

by Antonia Ruppel
Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European

Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European

by Antonia Ruppel

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Overview

In the past, discussions about absolute constructions (ACs) have been limited by an imprecise understanding of what ACs are. By examining the nature and function of ACs and related constructions in Greek, Latin and Sanskrit, this new study arrives at a clear and simple definition of ACs. Focusing on the earliest attested material in each language, Dr Ruppel highlights how the use of ACs differs between the languages and offers explanations for these differences. Referring directly and extensively to the early material, she identifies the common core shared by all ACs and reconstructs their development into Greek, Latin and Sanskrit. This historical perspective reveals how ACs have been conceived of by grammarians, philologists and even Christian missionaries over the last two thousand years and how enduring misconceptions still affect our discussion of them today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108456029
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/12/2018
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Antonia Ruppel is the Townsend Senior Lecturer in Greek, Latin and Sanskrit Languages at Cornell University, New York.

Table of Contents

1. The AC so far; 2. Early Greek; 3. Early Latin; 4. The Sanskrit locative absolute and its syntactic surroundings; 5. Proto-Indo-European roots of ACs.
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