The Noun Phrase in Ancient Greek

A Functional Analysis of the Order and Articulation of NP Constituents in Herodotus


The structure of the noun phrase in Ancient Greek is extremely flexible: the various constituents may occur in almost every possible order and each constituent may or may not be preceded by an article. However, the use and function of the various options have received very little attention. This book tries to fill that gap. A functional analysis of the structure of the NP in Herodotus illucidateswhich arguments lead a native speaker in his choice to select one of the various possible NP patterns. The results do not only increase our knowledge of the NP, but also lead to a better interpretation of Ancient Greek texts.
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Biographical Note

Stéphanie J. Bakker obtained her Ph.D. degree in Greek linguistics in 2007. Currently, she is a postdoc fellow at Leiden University and teaches Greek at the University of Groningen.

Review Quote

" The book is refreshingly candid throughout: when Bakker cannot explain something she says so. In this spirit, she notes not only the unavoidable subjectivity in the contextual analysis her hypotheses require, but also the problem of circularity [...] As she says, the reader has to decide: but the reader is given many attractive hypotheses to evaluate." Philomen Probert in BMCR, 2010.05.17 " This book is a ground-breaking enterprise that will be a starting point for many other intellectual adventures. We must not expect a first investigation to have all the answers to everything, and what is most pleasing about this work is the way that the data has been gathered, examined, sorted, and discussed, a process that keeps the reader continually engaged, in spite of the abstruse subject matter. The author has provided an outstanding contribution to the debates on the role of articles in discourse, and to the discussions of the very complex article usage of Ancient Greek." John Hewson in Folia linguistica historia 33, 2012.


Classical scholars, especially those interested in linguistics, as well as general linguists interested in the noun phrase and definiteness