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ἔγραψέ μοι γάρ ... τὰ νῦν οὖν γράφω σοι. οὖν and γάρ as inferential and elaborative discourse markers in Greek papyrus letters (I – IV AD)

By Klaas Bentein

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I analyse the use of the particles οὖν and γάρ in a corpus of documentary texts ranging from the first to the fourth century AD. I attempt to answer three main research questions: (i) with what frequency are οὖν and γάρ used; was one of these particles used more frequently than the other?; (ii) what are the functional/syntactic similarities and differences between the two particles; (iii) are there signs of functional development? My observations are framed within ‘discourse marker theory’, whereby οὖν and γάρ are viewed as ‘inferential’ and ‘elaborative’ discourse markers

Topics: Languages and Literatures, Ancient Greek, documentary papyri, discourse markers, inferentiality
Publisher: 'PERSEE Program'
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.3406/rbph.2016.8875
OAI identifier: oai:archive.ugent.be:7161583
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