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 eliable 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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  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195373359
  • 9780195373356
  • 1,986,887

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'I enjoyed reading this book more than almost any other in Linguistics or the Classics in the past several years, and it is a spectacular piece of scholarship. [It] should be read by every Classicist even remotely concerned with Ancient Greek as the living entity it once was....The efforts that have culminated in this volume provide a nearly bottomless source of real advances and ideas that should spawn years of fruitful research.'-Bryn Mawr Classical Reviewshow more

About A. M. Devine

A. M. Devine is Professor of Classics, Stanford University. Laurence D. Stephens is Adjunct Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.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

Table of contents

Abbreviations ; 1. The Physiology of Prosody ; 2. The Syllable ; 3. Rhythm ; 4. Pitch ; 5. Word Prosody ; 6. Connected Speech ; 7. The Appositive Group ; 8. The Minor Phrase ; 9. The Major Phrase and Utterance ; 10. Topic and Focus ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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