Lines of research
Historical linguistics. I am very interested in how historical linguistic methods can shed light on the rich linguistic data of Ancient Greek and Latin transmitted to us. Thus far I have mostly worked on language change (esp. historical syntax) in better known Archaic or Classical periods of Greek and Latin, but I hope to do more research on the lesser known Post-Classical periods in the very near future.
Pragmatics. By applying insights from pragmatics we can crawl into the minds of speakers and addressees from as far away as ancient Athens, Alexandria or Rome. For example, they positioned themselves subjectively (e.g. surely, perhaps) as well as intersubjectively (e.g. ya know, of course) as we do in English. Sometimes these strategies are strikingly similar but even more interesting are those which look strange to us at first but become transparent after pragmatic analysis.
Linguistic typology. Ancient Greek and Latin are so well attested diachronically that they offer good hunting grounds for diachronic and typological research. Long diachronies of verbal or clausal categories can therefore significantly contribute to ongoing typological research.
Mood and modality, counterfactuality, clausal (in)subordination, habituality, tense-aspect, morphosyntax and discourse particles.
Below you find my latest research papers. I add pdfs whenever I can, but you can also always send me an email requesting a version of the paper in question.
- la Roi, E. forthc. Down the Paths to the Past Habitual: its historical connections with counterfactual pasts, future in the pasts, iteratives and lexical sources in Ancient Greek. Folia Linguistica Historica
- la Roi, E. forthc. Insubordination from Archaic to Post-Classical Greek. In Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by G. Giannakis, P. Filos, M. Janse, and I. Manolessou. Brill.
- la Roi, E. forthc. Counterfactuals from Archaic to Classical Greek. In Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by G. Giannakis, P. Filos, M. Janse, B.D. Joseph, and I. Manolessou. Brill.
- la Roi, E. forthc. Counterfactuals in Post-Classical Greek. In Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by G. Giannakis, P. Filos, M. Janse, B.D. Joseph, and I. Manolessou. Brill.
- la Roi, E. forthc. Habituals in Ancient Greek. In Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by G. Giannakis, P. Filos, M. Janse, B.D. Joseph, and I. Manolessou. Brill.
- with Klaas Bentein. Mood and Modality in Post-Classical Greek. In Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by G. Giannakis, P. Filos, M. Janse, B.D. Joseph, and I. Manolessou. Brill.
- la Roi, E. 2022. Insubordination in Archaic and Classical Latin: commands, requests, wishes and assertives. Journal of Latin Linguistics.
- la Roi, E. 2022. Interlocked life cycles of counterfactual mood forms from Archaic to Classical Greek: Aspect, Actionality and Changing Temporal Reference. Indogermanische Forschungen 127
- la Roi, E. 2022. The Atticist lexica as Metalinguistic Resource for Morphosyntactic change in Post-Classical Greek. Journal of Greek Linguistics.
- la Roi, E. 2022. The secondary interjections εἶεν and εἶἑν as fossilized wish optatives: a Conversation Analysis Approach. Emerita: Revista de Lingüística y Filología Clásica.
- la Roi, E. 2022. Weaving Together the Diverse Threads of Category Change: Intersubjective Ἀμέλει ‘of course!’ and Imperative Particles in Ancient Greek. Diachronica 39 (2), 151-192. https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.20031.lar see PDF
- la Roi, E. 2022. Review of T. Givón. 2021. The Life Cycle of Adpositions. Linguistlist see PDF
- la Roi, E. 2021. The Insubordination of If- and That-Clauses from Archaic to Post-Classical Greek: A Diachronic Constructional Typology. Symbolae Osloenses 95. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00397679.2021.1951005
- la Roi, E. (ed.). 2020. Lingua graeca als lingua franca! De Griekse taal door de eeuwen heen. Tetradio 29. [Lingua graeca as lingua franca! The Greek language through the centuries]. see PDF
- la Roi, E. 2020. The Development of Εὑρίσκω ‘Find’ as Evidence towards a Diachronic Solution of the Matching-Problem in Ancient Greek Complementation. Philologia Classica 15 (2): 191–207. https://doi.org/10.21638/spbu20.2020.202. see PDF.
- la Roi, E. 2020. A Rephilologized Diachronic Analysis of ‘Post-Classical Greek’: Pitfalls and Principles for Progress. Journal of Greek Linguistics 20 (2): 213–38. https://doi.org/10.1163/15699846-02002002. see PDF.
- la Roi, E. 2020. Habitual Auxiliaries in Ancient Greek: grammaticalization and diachronic collocation shifts. Indogermanische
Forschungen 125 (1): 135–64. https://doi.org/10.1515/if-2020-008. see PDF
- la Roi, E. 2020. The Variation of Classical Greek Wishes: A Functional
Discourse Grammar and Common Ground approach. Glotta 96 (1):
213–45. https://doi.org/10.13109/glot.2020.96.1.213. see PDF.
- la Roi, E. 2019. Epistemic Modality, Particles and the Potential
Optative in Classical Greek. Journal of Greek Linguistics 19
(1): 58–89. https://doi.org/10.1163/15699846-01901002. see PDF.
- Kruijer, M., and E. la Roi. 2018. Paradigmatic Possibilities as Perspective for Absolute Constructions: exploring linguistic differences and similarities of the Greek Genitive and Latin Ablative Absolute. Mnemosyne 71 (5): 799–822. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525X-12342429. see PDF.
- la Roi, E. 2018. Shifting Responsibilities. Thucydides on Losing to Brasidas. In Conflicts in Antiquity: Textual and Material Perspectives, edited by D. van Diemen, D. van Dokkum, A. van Leuken, A. Nijenhuis, and F. A. van der Sande, 41–61. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. see PDF