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

Mullen, Alex

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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Journal Language and Literature
Print ISSN 0963-9470
Electronic ISSN 1461-7293
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Mullen, A. (2015). ‘In both our languages’: Greek-Latin code-switching in Roman literature. Language and Literature, 24(3), https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947015585244
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947015585244
Keywords Greek; Latin; Code-switching; Roman literature; Letters; Fronto; Cicero; Pliny
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0963947015585244
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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