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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.


Linguistic areas

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.

Forthcoming 
  • la Roi, E. forthc. A pragmatic syntax of counterfactual mood attraction and mood (a)symmetry from Archaic to Classical Greek. In Building Modality with Syntax. Focus on Ancient Greek, edited by C. Denizot and L. Tronci. De Gruyter. 
  • 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.

2022
  • 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. See PDF
  • la Roi, E. 2022. The Pragmatics of the Past: A Novel Typology of Conditionals with Past Tenses. Listy Filologické. 
  • 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: 235-282.
  • 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. Writing wishes. Back to the future with the papyri. Outreach blogpost for the Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. https://www.evwrit.ugent.be/writing-wishes-back-to-the-future-with-the-papyri/
  • la Roi, E. 2022. Insubordination in Archaic and Classical Latin: commands, requests, wishes and assertives. Journal of Latin Linguistics 21 (1), 23-45. https://doi.org/10.1515/joll-2022-2008 see PDF
  • 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


2021


2020

  • 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.

2019


2018

  • 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


02-02-2022                 Wishes in the papyri and the Post-Classical reorganization of the wish system.

Paper at New Light from the East: Linguistic Perspectives on Non-Literary Papyri and Related Sources. 

01-09-2021                 A diachronic syntax of counterfactual mood attraction from Archaic to Classical Greek.

Paper at meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea 2021. Online.

25-04-2021                 Between reality and rhetoric. Counterfactual reasoning in Classical Greek rhetoric and beyond

Paper at the U4 Enlight Antiquity school.

19-04-2021                 The life-cycles of counterfactual mood from Archaic to Classical Greek

Paper for the linguistics research group DiaLing at Ghent University.  


02-03-2020                 Textual ambiguity and historical linguistics. Insubordination in the history of Ancient Greek. Paper for the EVWRIT reading group session at Ghent University.


22-09-2019                 Van ‘No worries’ naar ‘Natuurlijk’. ἀμέλει en de grammaticalisatie van imperativi in Klassiek en Post-klassiek Grieks

Paper at the Katwijk conference for Greek and Latin Linguistics in the Netherlands, Katwijk.


31-08-2018                 The Variation of Classical Greek Wishes: a Functional Discourse Grammar and Common Ground Approach.

Paper at the International Colloquium of Ancient

Greek Linguistics (ICAGL 2018), Helsinki, Finland.                     


18-12-2017                 The Relevance of the Optative in its combination with particles and adverbs in Classical Greek, a Functional Discourse Grammar and Common Ground approach.

Paper at the XII Seminarios de Investigación en Filología Clásica at the Autónoma University, Madrid, Spain.

17-11-2017                 Paradigmatische mogelijkheden als perspectief voor absolute constructies, verschillen en overeenkomsten tussen de Griekse genitivus absolutus en ablativus absolutus (in collaboration with Mike Kruijer). 

Paper at the Katwijk conference for Greek and Latin Linguistics in the Netherlands, Katwijk.



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