Ancient Greek Accentuation: Synchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory

Hardcover | April 7, 2006

byPhilomen Probert

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The accent of many Greek words has long been considered arbitrary, but Philomen Probert points to some striking correlations between accentuation and a word's synchronic morphological transparency, and between accentuation and word frequency, that give clues to the prehistory of the accentsystem. Bringing together comparative evidence for the Indo-European accentuation of the relevant categories with recent insights into the effects that loss of transparency and word frequency have on language change, Probert uses the synchronically observable correlations to bridge the gap betweenthe accentuation patterns reconstructable for Indo-European and those directly attested for Greek from the Hellenistic period onwards.

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The accent of many Greek words has long been considered arbitrary, but Philomen Probert points to some striking correlations between accentuation and a word's synchronic morphological transparency, and between accentuation and word frequency, that give clues to the prehistory of the accentsystem. Bringing together comparative evidence ...

Philomen Probert is University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics, and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.23 inPublished:April 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279608

ISBN - 13:9780199279609

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Table of Contents

I1. Evidence for the Greek accent2. Some background on Greek accentuation3. Continuity and change in Greek accentuation4. A brief history of scholarship on the Greek accentII5. Introduction to Part II6. Words with the suffix -ro-7. Words with the suffix -to-8. Words with the suffix -no-9. Words with the suffix -lo-10. Preliminary conclusions11. Words with the suffix -mo-12. Complex Caland formations13. Summary and further consequences