‘In both our languages’: Greek-Latin code-switching in Roman literature

Mullen, Alex (2015) ‘In both our languages’: Greek-Latin code-switching in Roman literature. Language and Literature, 24 (3). pp. 213-232. ISSN 1461-7293

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Abstract

After a short introduction to code-switching and Classics, this article offers an overview of the phenomenon of code-switching in Roman literature with some comments on possible generic restrictions, followed by a survey of Roman attitudes to the practice. The analysis then focuses on Roman letter writing and investigates code-switching in the second-century correspondence of Fronto (mainly letters between Marcus Aurelius, who became Emperor in AD 161, and his tutor Fronto). This discussion uses part of a new detailed database of Greek code-switches in Roman epistolography and is largely sociolinguistic in approach. It makes comparisons with other ancient and modern corpora where possible and highlights the value of code-switching research in responding to a range of (socio)linguistic, literary and historical questions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2015 by SAGE Publications
Keywords: Greek; Latin; Code-switching; Roman literature; Letters; Fronto; Cicero; Pliny
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Classics
Identification Number: 10.1177/0963947015585244
Depositing User: Mullen, Alex
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2017 13:37
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 22:33
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44672

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