KRMgr07 Greek Dialectology

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Bc. Kateřina Bočková Loudová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Bc. Kateřina Bočková Loudová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Wed 20:00–21:40 A22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
KRBcZk B.A. Final Exam || KRBcSZk B.A. Final Exam
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the students with information about the origin and development of Greek dialects during Prehistorical, Classical and Hellenistic periods. Furthermore, the course provides a systematic information about koines and singular dialects (alphabetical and non-alphabetical), including their distinctive phonological, morphological and syntactic features.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course the students should be able:
- to describe the origin and development of Greek dialects during Prehistorical, Classical and Hellenistic periods;
- to give classification and identify Greek dialects and koines;
- to describe the distinctive features of the Greek dialects and koines in phonology, morphology and syntax;
- to demonstrate the use of dialects in Ancient Greek literature.
  • 1. Introduction into problematics, basic bibliography, editions, corpus of dialectal inscriptions and texts, online sources and databases.
  • 2.-3. Common Greek and genesis of dialects.
  • 3.-4. Koines: genesis, classification and description of Greek koines.
  • 5.-11. Classification of Greek dialects of Classical and Hellenistic periods (phonology, morphology, syntax); the attestation of Greek dialects in inscriptions.
  • 12. The specific use of the different dialects in literature (e.g. the Ionic scientific prose, the Aeolian lyric poetry, the Doric language of the chorus passages of tragedy).
  • 13. Revision.
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Chréstomatie starořeckých nářečních nápisů (Anthology of selected ancient Greek inscriptions of dialectological interest). Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011. 253 pp. Spisy Masarykovy univerzity v Brně ; 403. ISBN 978-80-210-5678-7. Digitální knihovna FF MU info
  • A companion to the ancient Greek language. Edited by Egbert J. Bakker. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. xxxix, 657. ISBN 9781405153263. info
  • Greek - a language in evolution : essays in honour of Antonios N. Jannaris. Edited by Antonius N. Jannaris - Chrys C. Caragounis. Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 2010. xiv, 344. ISBN 9783487142555. info
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Dialekty klasické řečtiny (Ancient Greek Dialects). Vyd. 1. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2009. 294 s. ISBN 9788021049932. URL info
  • COLVIN, Stephen Sheldon. A historical Greek reader : Mycenaean to the Koiné. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xx, 301. ISBN 9780199226603. info
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Handbuch des mykenischen Griechisch. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2003. 676 s. ISBN 3825314359. info
  • DUHOUX, Y. Introduction aux dialectes grecs anciens. Louvain, 1983. info
  • SCHMITT, R. Die griechischen Dialekte. Heidelberg, 1978. info
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Classification of the West Greek dialects at the time about 350 b.C. Prague: Academia, 1972. 238 s. info
  • BARTONĚK, Antonín. Development of the long-vowel system in Ancient Greek dialects. Vyd. 1. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1966. 199 s. URL info
  • FRISK, H. Griechisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. Heidelberg, 1960. info
  • BUCK, C. D. The Greek Dialects. Chicago-London, 1950. info
  • THUMB, A. and E. KIECKERS. Handbuch der griechischen Dialekte. Heidelberg, 1932. info
Teaching methods
Planned learning activities and teaching methods consist of lectures, reading and analysis of dialectal inscriptions and texts.
Assessment methods
Oral exam, student demonstrates his/her knowledge of the topic via answering the questions concerning the Greek dialects and via the analysis of selected literary and non-literary texts.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.

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