Brief Notices

in Journal of Greek Linguistics

In this section, we acknowledge the receipt of recent works on Greek that have come to our editorial offices, and offer a brief characterization of their contents.

Αλμπανούδης, Παύλος. 2014. Το γλωσσικό ιδίωμα των Μοναστηριωτών (περιοχής Καβακλί) Ανατολικής Ρωμυλίας [The Linguistic Variety of the Monastiriotes (of the Kavakli region) of Eastern Roumelia]. Thessaloniki: Kyriakidi, pp. 412. [Based on the author’s 2009 doctoral dissertation (University of Ioannina), this work presents a comprehensive grammatical description of the Greek spoken at one time in the Monastiri villages (Megalo Monastiri and Mikro Monastiri) in the eparchy of Kavakli in Eastern Roumelia in what is now southern Bulgaria. Working with a population that left the region in the early part of the 20th century, mostly due to the population exchanges of the 1920s, and relocated to Phthiotis, author Albanoudis treats the phonetics, morphology (covering inflection, derivation, and compounding), syntax, lexicon, and onomasticon of this northern Greek variety, presenting as well some 50 pages of texts of various types, including fairy tales, proverbs, and folk songs. This invaluable work is the first account of the Greek of this region, treating an idiom that heretofore had not been described.]

Dunkel, George E. 2014. Lexikon der indogermanischen Partikeln und Pronominalstämme. Band 1: Einleitung, Terminologie, Lautgesetze, Adverbialendungen, Nominalsuffixe, Anhänge und Indices. Band 2: Lexikon. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag winter, pp. 338; 861. [This massive and monumental work presents an exhaustive catalogue of all of the bits and pieces of the Indo-European lexicon that generally do not get the attention they deserve, in part because they are not apparently primary (noun and verb) material, being rather the adverbials and connective particles and such that play an important role in phrasal and sentential syntax in all the languages of the family. Also, though, it has never been obvious what sort of systematicity, if any, they show in terms of their formation and use. Author Dunkel has devoted most of his distinguished career as an Indo-Europeanist to the study of these morphemes and words and is able to offer here not only a thorough listing of all relevant forms, with the material organized around root elements and derivatives from those roots. Greek, not surprisingly, figures prominently in a good many of the entries, with forms from Mycenaean, Homeric, and Classical Greek all to be found in the mix.]

Ορφανός, Βασίλης. 2014. Λέξεις τουρκικής προέλευσης στο κρητικό ιδίωμα [Words of Turkish Origin in the Cretan Variety]. Iraklio: Vikelaia Dimotiki Vivliothiki, pp. 590. [This thorough study catalogues some 3000 words of Turkish origin that are found in the present-day (sub-)dialect of Greek spoken on Crete. While some of the Turkish words are in common use across most all of Greek, others are obsolete now or are restricted just to Cretan, making this work a valuable lexicographic source for Greek in general. The Turkish words and phrases listed here include nouns, verbs (often derived within Greek from Turkish nouns), interjections, exclamations, and the like, and, like most Turkish words in Greek, they tend to be at the lower stylistic register within the Greek lexicon. Collectively, these words paint a fascinating picture of Greek-Turkish language contact. Indices of all Greek words mentioned and of all Turkish words mentioned enhance the utility of the volume.]

Theodoropoulou, Irene. 2014. Sociolinguistics of Style and Social Class in Contemporary Athens (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 57.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, xiv, 240. [Author Theodoropoulou (Th) addresses here the question of the construction of social class identities by those Athenians who live in the posh northern suburbs (specifically, Kifisia) and those who live in working class western suburbs (specifically, Peristeri). The empirical basis for this study is twofold. First, Th carried out a set of ethnographic interviews with a judgment sample of 24 subjects in the life-stage of “emerging adulthood”, which she describes as “a transitional period … characterized by anxiety and uncertainty, identity explorations, instability, self-focus, feeling in between adolescence and adulthood, … unsettlement” (p. 41). Second, Th utilizes material from popular culture, specifically television shows, hip-hop, and popular fiction. Her conclusions are that a complex relationship between style and social identity is revealed through discourse and speech genre. The book ends with several added features that enhance its interest and utility: Appendices with a very insightful set of participant profiles, an excerpt from one of the television shows, and answers from the hip-hop artists, as well as a useful “glossary of the main theoretical terms used in the book” and an index.]

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