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Absolute Constructions in Early Indo-European

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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108456029

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  • In the past, discussions of 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. Focussing on the earliest attested material in each language, it highlights how AC usage differs between languages and offers explanations for these differences. Identifying the common core shared by all ACs, it suggests a starting-point and way by which they developed into Greek, Latin and Sanskrit. Further historical study 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. All Sanskrit material is annotated in detail, making it accessible for classicists in particular and allowing a better understanding of ACs in Greek and Latin.

    • Provides, for the first time, a clear and simple definition of absolute constructions, which will facilitate future discussions on the topic
    • Accompanies the material concerning Sanskrit absolute constructions with detailed annotations, making it accessible to those without knowledge of the language
    • Offers a fascinating historical perspective, which debunks enduring misconceptions plaguing scholarly discussion of absolute constructions, even today
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    '… a useful study of the absolute constructions in Greek, Latin and Sanskrit … It will be of help for the further study of these and similar constructions.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108456029
    • length: 269 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 135 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

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

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