CA&CL Bibliography

The Conversation Analysis approach has begun to significantly impact the field of Ancient Greek and Latin Linguistics. Here is a list of some publications on CA-in-Classics and closely related topics. We are still editing this list. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you know of any other references that might belong here.

Barrios-Lech, P., 2016. Linguistic Interaction in Roman Comedy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berger, Ł., 2015. «(Meta)discursive uses of Latin heus», Studia Romanica Posnaniensia 42 (5), 3-22.

Berger, Ł., 2016. «Introducing the First Topic Slot in Plautine Dialogues», Roczniki Humanistyczne. Filologia Klasyczna 64 (3), 89-110.

Berger, Ł., 2018. «Negotiating the interactional meaning on the Roman stage: tokens of phaticity», in A. Gałkowski, M. Kopytowska (eds.), Current Perspectives in Semiotics. Text, Genres, and Representations. Berlin: Peter Lang, 217-237.

Berger, Ł., 2020. «Forms of Talk in Roman Comedy. Reading Plautus and Terence with Goffman and Conversation Analysts», Dionysus Ex Machina. Rivista Annuale Online Di Studi Sul Teatro Antico 11, 137–167.

Berger, Ł., 2020. «Turn Taking and Power Relations in Plautus’ Casina», Graeco-Latina Brunensia, 25(1), 19–35.

Berger, Ł., 2021a. «Interruptions in Roman Comedy: Gender, Status, and Power in Interaction», Philologia Classica, 16(1), 57-76.

Berger, Ł., 2021b. «Question-based Greetings in Roman Comedy», in A. Zieliński (ed.), Las fórmulas de saludo y despedida en las lenguas románicas: sincronía y diacronía. Berlin: Peter Lang, 73-90.

Berger, Ł., forth. «Positioning and Functions of Nominal Address in Roman Comedy», in Antonio M. Martín (ed.), Linguisticae Dissertationes. Current Perspectives on Latin Grammar, Lexicon and Pragmatics, Madrid, Ediciones Clásicas.

Bonifazi, A., Drummen, A. & de Kreij, M., 2016. Particles in Ancient Greek Discourse: Five Volumes Exploring Particle Use across Genres, Washington DC: Center for Hellenic Studies.

Catrambone, M., 2019. Tragic Conversation: Politeness Strategies in Sophocles’ Patterned Dialogues. PhD Thesis, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa.

Drummen, A., 2009. «Discourse Cohesion in Dialogue: Turn-Initial ἀλλά in Greek Drama», in S. Bakker, G. Wakker (eds.), Discourse Cohesion in Greek. Leiden: Brill, pp. 135–54.

Emde Boas, E. van, 2017a. Language and Character in Euripides’ Electra, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Emde Boas, E. van, 2017b. «Analyzing Agamemnon: Conversation Analysis and Particles in Greek Tragic Dialogue», Classical Philology 112, 414-434.

Emde Boas, E. van, 2020. «The Linguistic Characterization of Oedipus in OT: A Pragmatic Approach to Mind Style», in G. Martin, F. Iuresca, S. Hof, G. Sorrentino (eds.), Pragmatic Approaches to Drama: Studies in Communication on the Ancient Stage. Leiden: Brill: 96-120.

Emde Boas, E. van, forth. «(Im)politeness and Conversation Analysis in Greek Tragedy: The Case of Theseus and the Herald in Euripides’ Supplices», in L. Unceta Gomez, Ł. Berger (eds.), (Im)politeness in Greek and Roman Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fedriani, Ch., 2020. «The Politeness Formula si placet in Late Latin: On the Role of Pragmatic Conventions in Discourse Traditions», Journal of Latin Linguistics 19, 1–25.

Fedriani, Ch. & Ch. Ghezzi, 2020. «La traduzione di marcatori pragmatici derivati da verbi di percezione nelle lingue romanze: un approccio contrastivo», Incontri linguistici 43, 161-188.

Fedriani, Ch. & R. Verano, forth. «Common Ground and Politeness in Latin and Greek Philosophical Dialogue», in Antonio M. Martín (ed.), Linguisticae Dissertationes. Current Perspectives on Latin Grammar, Lexicon and Pragmatics, Madrid, Ediciones Clásicas.

Herman, V., 1998. Dramatic Discourse Dialogue as Interaction in Plays, New York: Routledge.

Hoffmann, M. E., 1983. «Conversation openings in the comedies of Plautus», in H. Pinkster (ed.), Latin Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. Amsterdam- Philadelphia: J. Benjamins, 217- 226. 

Kienpointner, M., 1998. «Speech Act sequences in Latin prose. Questions and answers», Ch. M. Temesm D. Longrée (eds.), Oratio soluta-oratio numerosa. Luxembourg: Centre Alexandre-Wiltheim, 65-86. 

Kroon, C., 2015. «Miscommunications on the Via Sacra: A discourse structural analysis of Horace Satires 1.9», in P. Anreiter, E. Mairhofer, C. Posch (eds.), Argumenta: Festschrift für Manfred Kienpointner zum 60. Geburtstag. Wien: Praesens-Verlag, 215-232. 

Mastronarde, D., 1979. Contact and Discontinuity. Berkeley-Los Angeles: U. Cal. Press.

Minchin, E., 2007. Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Minchin, E., 2011. «The Words of Gods: Divine Discourse in Homer’s Iliad»,  A.P.M.H. Lardinois, J.H. Blok and M.G.M. van der Poel (eds.), Sacred Words: Orality, Literacy and ReligionOrality and Literacy in the Ancient World, vol. 8. Mnemosyne Supplementa. Brill, 17-35. 

Minchin, E., «The Expression of Sarcasm in the Odyssey». Mnemosyne 63 (2010) 533-556.  

Minchin, E. «From Gentle Teasing to Heavy Sarcasm: Instances of Rhetorical Irony in Homer’s Iliad». Hermes 138.4 (2010) 387-402. 

Minchin, E., ‘Speech Act Theory’; ‘Ring-composition’; ‘Speech Introductions’. In M. Finkelberg (ed.), Homer Encyclopedia, 3 vols. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Montserrat Roig, C., 2015. «Otras perspectivas para el análisis lingüístico de Plauto: los vocativos insultantes en la reacción conversacional», Minerva 28, 133-161,

Müller, R., 1997. Sprechen und Sprache. Dialoglinguistische Studien zu Terenz. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter. 

Person, R. 1995. «The ‘Became Silent to Silence’ Formula in Homer» Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 36: 327-39.

Person, R., 1996. In Conversation with Jonah: Conversation Analysis, Literary Criticism, and the Book of Jonah. JSOTSup 220. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Person, R., 1999. Structure and Meaning in Conversation and Literature. Lanham: University Press of America.

Person, R. 2017. From Conversation to Oral Tradition. A Simplest Systematics for Oral Traditions, New York: Routledge.

Quincey, J.H., 1966. «Greek Expressions of Thanks.» The Journal of Hellenic Studies LXXXVI, 133–158.

Risselada, R., 1993. Imperatives and other directive expressions in Latin. A study in the pragmatics of a dead language. Amsterdam: Brill. 

Risselada, R., 1998. «The discourse functions of sane: Latin marker of agreement in description, interaction and concession», Journal of Pragmatics, 30(2), 225-244.

Risselada, R., forth. «How to Anchor Reactions: Interactional Common Ground, Preference Structure and (Im)Politeness in Roman Comedy», in Antonio M. Martín (ed.), Linguisticae Dissertationes. Current Perspectives on Latin Grammar, Lexicon and Pragmatics, Madrid, Ediciones Clásicas.

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., 2020, «(Im)politeness Strategies in Euripides: An Approach to Linguistic Characterisation through Qualitative Data Analysis», Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum 139, 271–297.

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., 2020. «Χρή directivo en Eurípides», in J. de la Villa et al. (eds.), Δῶρα τα οἱ δίδομεν φιλεὀντες, Madrid, UAM.

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., 2020. «Terms of Address on Right Periphery in Greek Tragedy», in Gunther Martin et al. (eds.), Pragmatic Approaches to Drama Studies in Communication on the Ancient Stage. Leiden: Brill, 70–95.

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., 2020. «Overpoliteness in Euripides», Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium Graecae et Latinae 30(1), 73–96.

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., forth. «Ejes de cortesía lingüística en Eurípides», Veleia. Revista de prehistoria, historia antigua, arqueología y filología clásica. [Nuevas perspectivas en Cortesía y descortesía. Estudios en diálogos literarios del griego antiguo.]

Rodríguez Piedrabuena, S., forth., «The expression of approval in Ancient Greek Drama», Athenaeum.

Roesch, S., 2002. «Les stratégies de clôture du dialogue dans les comédies de Plaute», in M. Bolkestein et al. (eds.), Theory and description in Latin linguistics, Amsterdam: Brill, 317-332.

Roesch, S., 2005. «L’échec des clôtures du dialogue dans les comédies de Plaute.» Journal of Latin Linguistics 9 (2), 921-932.

Roesch, S., 2008. «Les débuts de dialogue dans la comédie et la tragédie latines.» In B. Bureau & Christian Nicolas, eds., Commencer et finir dans les littératures antiques (Colloque de Lyon, 29-30 sept. 2006), Lyon: Université Jean Moulin, 207-222. 

Roesch, S., 2010. «Interpellation et enjeux de pouvoir dans les comédies et tragédies latines.» CORELA (Numéros thématiques: L’interpellation) <; [14/09/2019].

Rosén, H., 2003. Immo–its atypical use in Petronius», in J. Herman & H. Rosén, eds., Petroniana. Gedenkschrift für Hubert Petersmann. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter: 169-81.

Rosén, H., 2009. «Coherence, sentence modification, and sentence-part modification–the contribution of particles», in Ph. Baldi, P. Cuzzolin (eds.), New perspectives on historical Latin syntax, vol. 1,  Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter: 317-442.

Schuren, L., 2014. Shared Storytelling in Euripidean Stichomythia, Amsterdam, Brill

Shalev, D., 1998, «Vocatives in Responses: A Bridging Mechanism in Dialogue Exchange?», in B. García-Hernández (ed.), Estudios de lingüística latina, Madrid: Ediciones Clásicas, 765-779. 

Shalev, D., 2001, «Illocutionary Clauses Accompanying Questions in Greek Drama and in Platonic Dialogue», Mnemosyne 54(5), 531-561.

Shalev, D., 2003. «Yes (and No) in Ancient Literary Greek», in M. Bondi, S. Stati (eds.), Dialogue Analysis 2000. Selected Papers from the 10th IADA Anniversary Conference. Bologna 2003. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 351–360.

Shalev, D., 2005, «Economy of Information in Ancient Greek Comic Dialogue», in A. Betten et al. (eds.), Dialogue Analysis IX. Dialogue in Literature and the Media. Selected Papers, 39-50.

Shalev, D., 2008, «Speech Act Theory, and Ancient Sources for the Division of λὀγος», Papers on Grammar 10, 243-275.    

Shalev, D., 2012, «Diagnostics of Altered Mental States: from Euripides’ Bacchae to Medieval Arabic Texts», Scripta Classica Israelica 31, 161-183. 

Shalev, D., 2013 «Prorsus as a Response Formula in Ficino’s Latin: Plato, Gorgias 513d6-514d2», Journal of Latin Linguistics 12 (1), 123-136.

Shalev, D., 2017. «Attenuated, Modified, Assent-Seeking Declaratives, Interrogation and Urbanitas in the Greek of Platonic Dialogue», in F. Logozzo, P. Poccetti (eds.),  Ancient Greek Linguistics: New Approaches, Insights, Perspectives. Berlin–Boston: De Gruyter, 441-457.

Shalev, D., 2020. «Unreportable Tokens, Speech Representation and Conventions of Textual Composition», in R. Zelnick-Abramovitz, J. Price (eds.), Text and Intertext in Greek Epic and Drama: Essays in Honor of Margalit Finkelberg. Routledge, 210-231.

Shalev, D., 2020. «The Particle δή in Classical Greek: A Philological-Diachronic Perspective», Proceedings of the Israeli Linguistics Circle 22, 131-151 [in Hebrew].

Shalev, D., forth. «Not Yes and Not No: μέση ἀπόκρισις and Other Forms of Non-Polar Response in Ancient Greek Literary, Theoretical and Exegetical Sources: Part I», Hermes. Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie.

Shalev, D., forth. «Not Yes and Not No: μέση ἀπόκρισις and Other Forms of Non-Polar Response in Ancient Greek Literary, Theoretical and Exegetical Sources: Part II», Hermes. Zeitschrift für Klassische Philologie.

Smith, D.L., 2012. The Rhetoric of Interruption: Speech-Making, Turn-Taking, and Rule-Breaking in Luke-Acts and Ancient Greek Narrative, Berlin: De Gruyter.

Thomson, G., 1939. «The Postponement of Interrogatives in Attic Drama», Classical Quarterly 33(3-4), 147-152.

Verano, R., 2016. «Funciones discursivas de la repetición en el diálogo platónico», Minerva. Revista de Filología Clásica, 29, pp. 171–192.

Verano, R. 2017a. «Linguistic Paraphrase in Platonic Dialogue: A First Approach,» in F. Logozzo, P. Poccetti (eds.), Ancient Greek Linguistics: New Perspectives, Insights, and Approaches, Berlín/Boston: De Gruyter, 475-488.

Verano, R., 2017b. «Oralidad y escritura en el diálogo platónico.» Synthesis, 24(2), pp.39–58.

Verano, R., forth. «Dialogical Repetition and Fictive Orality in the Dialogues of Plato», in D. Beck (ed.), Repetition, Meaning and Communication in the Ancient World. Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World Brill Series.

Verano, R., forth. «Politeness and Interaction in Ancient Greek: Preventing and Avoiding Dispreferred Reactions in the Dialogues of Plato», Veleia. Revista de prehistoria, historia antigua, arqueología y filología clásica.  [Nuevas perspectivas en Cortesía y descortesía. Estudios en diálogos literarios del griego antiguo.]

Create your website with
Get started