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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.

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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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Aug 13, 2015
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 4, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 4, 2017
Journal Language and Literature
Print ISSN 0963-9470
Electronic ISSN 1461-7293
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947015585244
Keywords Greek; Latin; Code-switching; Roman literature; Letters; Fronto; Cicero; Pliny
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44672
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.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright © 2015 by SAGE Publications

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