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The Future in GreekFrom Ancient to Medieval$
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Theodore Markopoulos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539857.001.0001

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Late Medieval Greek (11th–15th c. AD): the dominance of a single AVC

Late Medieval Greek (11th–15th c. AD): the dominance of a single AVC

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(p.115) 5 Late Medieval Greek (11th–15th c. AD): the dominance of a single AVC
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The Future in Greek
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Theodore Markopoulos

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539857.003.0005

This bulky chapter is devoted to the examination of Late Medieval Greek (11th–15th c. AD), the first period after late antiquity which provides us with material in a “vernacular” variety of Greek. The investigation, based on both literary and non‐literary sources, gives new insights into a great variety of issues, such as the semantic development of the μέλλω AVC—illustrated here for the first time. The much discussed and debated “θέ νά” construction is investigated at length, and a new account of its development is proposed, partly based on language contact between Greek‐ and Romance‐speaking populations, a largely unexplored issue.

Keywords:   conditionals, finite complementation, impersonal constructions, language contact, non‐literary texts, phonological change, pluperfect, Romance languages, sociolinguistic specialization, split, V+VS pattern, vernacular

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