Three new dissertations

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I would like to thank Matthew Longhorn for bringing three recent dissertations to my attention. All deal with the conjunction γάρ.

  • Casson dissertation coverSarah Helen Casson, Engaging with γάρ: a relevance-theoretic approach to the connective’s communicative role in Romans, King’s College London, 2017. (Read online or download at King’s College dissertation portal.)
  • Randolph dissertation coverMichael Rudolph, Reclaiming Γάρ: The Semantic Significance and Structural Implications of Γάρ as an Intersentential Conjunction in Romans through Hebrews, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014. (Read online or download at
  • Zakowski dissertation coverZakowski, Samuel. From coherence to procedures : a relevance-theoretic approach to the discourse markers δέ, γάρ and οὖν in Basil the Great’s Hexaemeron, Gregory of Nazianzus’s Invectives Against Julian and Heliodorus’s Aethiopica. Ghent University. Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent, Belgium, 2017. (Download from

While this last one deals with a time slightly outside the temporal scope of the online bibliography at, I have added all three. I justify inclusion of Zakowski’s dissertation noting that all three writings he discusses date to the 300s CE, only slightly outside the scope of the bibliography, and the use of the conjunction in these works could well be of interest to anyone working with the patristic writings that preceded them.

If you are aware of books, articles, or dissertations that apply a particular form of Linguistics to a Hellenistic Greek text (the New Testament, Septuagint, or any other text written during the Hellenistic Period), please use the bibliography submission form as Matthew did to recommend it.

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