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Professor Geoff Horrocks

Professor Geoff Horrocks

Emeritus Professor of Comparative Philology

Fellow of St John's College

St John's College
Cambridge
CB2 1TP

Office Phone: 01223 335164 (Faculty) / 338696 (College)

Research Interests

The history and structure of the Greek and Latin languages (including medieval and modern as well as ancient Greek), linguistic theory, historical linguistics.  He was co-director (with David Holton) of an AHRC funded research project to produce the world's first grammar of the medieval Greek vernacular (to be published by CUP), and is currently co-director (with James Clackson) of an AHRC funded project to investigate the long-term impact of Greek on the languages of ancient Italy.

Research Supervision

A wide range of topics in Greek historical syntax from ancient to modern Greek, including the expression of mood and modality in Homeric Greek, noun phrase structure in ancient and medieval Greek, the emergence of future periphrases in late antique and medieval Greek, the evolution of the syntax of complementation in late antique Greek with particular reference to the Roman and Byzantine papyri, and the development of the ancient Greek aspectual system with special reference to the role of the perfect.

Key Publications

Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (revised and expanded 2nd edition), Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, Blackwell, 2007 - with James Clackson.
Generative Grammar, Longman/Pearson, 1987
Space and Time in Homer, Arno Press New York, 1983.

Plus: many articles on the morphology, syntax and semantics of ancient, medieval and modern Greek], including the following:

‘Ouk ísmen oudén: Negative Concord and Negative Polarity in the History of Greek’.  To appear in the Journal of Greek Linguistics 14.1 (2014).

‘High Register Medieval Greek: ‘Diglossia’ and What Lay behind it’.   To appear in Caterina Carpinato and Olga Tribulato (eds.) Storia e Storie della Lingua Greca, Venice: Università Ca’ Foscari (2014).

‘Three and a Half Millennia of Greek: Biology, Logic and Experience’.  To appear in Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Diachronic and Historical Linguistics (2014).

Upcoming events

Materials in Contact

Jul 30, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Fastest Feet in the World

Aug 02, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Time-travelling Scientists

Aug 06, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Artist Workshop for Young People

Aug 07, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Drink and Draw

Aug 10, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

Jun 20, 2018

Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

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