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Helma Dik (University of Chicago): Reading Greek Digitally: Can machines help us understand Thucydides?

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 122
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Helma Dik's primary interest is in the synchronic linguistics of Classical Greek, especially the interplay of syntax, semantics and pragmatics. To a lesser extent, this leads her to an interest in the specific manifestations of language use (‘stylistics’) in particular authors, such as Herodotus, Demosthenes, and Sophocles.

Professor Dik's long-term goal is to produce a reference grammar of Classical Greek that takes into account the many developments in the field in the last century. Writing such a work, however, requires a good sense of the entire corpus of Greek literature, and accordingly, she has worked in recent years on developing such a corpus, in order to be able to answer more fully than before questions about distribution of forms and constructions over genre and over time.

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