How to be polite without saying 'please' in Ancient Greek? The role of δή in polite requests


(soumis en 2018)

The article deals with the possible role of Greek particles in routine requests. Drawing on a corpus study, I show that δή plays a role in the mitigation of requests and can be considered as a polite marker. There are good and coherent signs that δή is used to signal a request as natural and obvious in the context, for routine interactions with a low level of imposition.

 

Remaniement de la communication présentée à Madrid le 26 juin 2017 dans le cadre de la conférence Approaches to Greek and Latin im/politeness (L. Berger et L. Unceta Gomez)