Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Greek dialectology and Batman (1989)

In one early scene at Wayne Manor, Alexander Knox inquires about the origin of a curious suit of armour:

Bruce Wayne: It's Japanese.
Knox: How do you know?
Bruce Wayne: Because I bought it in Japan.

Alexander Knox might have replied that he could buy Coca-Cola in Japan, but that does not mean that Coca-Cola is Japanese, only that it is found in Japan.

Likewise, forms that happen to occur in Aeolic authors are not necessarily Aeolic in origin, that is, developments within Aeolic. They may be inherited or, as with Coca-Cola, borrowed/imported.

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