The Prosody of Greek Speech

The Prosody of Greek Speech

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The reconstruction of the prosody of a dead language is, on the face of it, an almost impossible undertaking. However, once a general theory of prosody has been developed from reliable data in living languages, it is possible to exploit texts as sources of answers to questions that would normally be answered in the laboratory. In this work, the authors interpret the evidence of Greek verse texts and musical settings in the framework of a theory of prosody based on crosslinguistic evidence and experimental phonetic and psycholinguistic data, and reconstruct the syllable structure, rhythm, accent, phrasing, and intonation of classical Greek speech. Sophisticated statistical analyses are employed to support an impressive range of new findings which relate not only to phonetics and phonology, but also to pragmatics and the syntax-phonology interface.show more

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  • Hardback | 582 pages
  • 161.3 x 242.1 x 31.8mm | 1,084.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, figures and tables throughout
  • 0195085469
  • 9780195085464
  • 2,002,860

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The authors in effect update work done on the subject by, among-others, Dionysios of Halikarnassos * Frederick W. Danker, Christ Seminary-Seminex/Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Religious Studies Review, Volume 23, Number 1/January 1997 * The quantity of literature cited should indeed make the book invaluable to anybody interested in tracking down studies relevant to prosody. * Philomen Probert, The Classical Review, Vol.51, No.1, 2001 *show more

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In this important study, A. M. Devine and Laurence D. Stephens interpret the evidence of Greek verse texts, inscriptions, and musical settings in the framework of a theory of prosody based on cross-linguistic evidence and experimental phonetic and psycholinguistic data, and reconstruct the syllable structure, rhythm, accent, phrasing, and intonation of classical Greek speech. The authors employ sophisticated statistical analyses to support an impressive range of new findings which relate not only to phonetics and phonology, but also to pragmatics and the syntax-phonology interface. Introductory and background material is provided for the benefit of general classicists and nonspecialist readers, making the work an indispensable resource for both students and scholars in the fields of classics and linguistics. A pioneering study, The Prosody of Greek Speech offers a new paradigm for the reconstruction of the prosody of dead languages.show more

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