Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach by Alessandro VatriOrality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach by Alessandro Vatri

Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic Approach

byAlessandro Vatri

Hardcover | April 1, 2017

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This study discusses the question of whether there is a linguistic difference between classical Attic prose texts intended for public oral delivery and those intended for written circulation and private performance. Identifying such a difference which exclusively reflects these disparities inmodes of reception has proven to be a difficult challenge for both literary scholars and cultural historians of the ancient world, with answers not always satisfactory from a methodological and an analytical point of view. The legitimacy of the question is first addressed through a definition of what such slippery notions as "orality" and "oral performance" mean in the context of classical Athens, reconstruction of the situations in which the extant prose texts were meant to be received, and an explanation of thegrounds on which we may expect linguistic features of the texts to be related to such situations. The idea that texts conceived for public delivery needed to be as clear as possible is substantiated by available cultural-historical and anthropological facts; however, these do not imply that theopposite was required of texts conceived for private reception. In establishing a rigorous methodology for the reconstruction of the native perception of clarity in the original contexts of textual reception this study offers a novel approach to assessing orality in classical Greek prose throughexamination of linguistic and grammatical features of style. It builds upon the theoretical insights and current experimental findings of modern psycholinguistics, providing scholars with a new key to the minds of ancient writers and audiences.
Alessandro Vatri is a Research Assistant in Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. He completed a DPhil in Classical Languages and Literature at Oxford in 2013, having received his MA in Classics from Sapienza University of Rome. His research focuses on Ancient Greek linguistics...
Title:Orality and Performance in Classical Attic Prose: A Linguistic ApproachFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:April 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

FrontmatterList of figuresList of tablesAbbreviations and editions used1. The Orality of Attic Prose1.1 A manifold concept1.2 Oral language(s) and oral style(s)1.3 From composition to performance2. Contexts of Reception2.1 Texts and communication2.2 Reading2.3 Public and private situations3. The Writing of Attic Prose3.1 From composition to reception3.2 Setting the scene (1): literacy and reading in classical Athens3.3 Setting the scene (2): genres and written texts3.3.1 Epic poetry3.3.2 Monodic poetry3.3.3 Choral poetry3.3.4 Drama3.3.5 Ionic prose3.4 The circulation and use of Attic prose texts3.4.1 Historiography3.4.2 Philosophy3.4.3 Oratory4. Comprehension4.1 The domains of clarity4.2 Precepts and examples4.3 The psycholinguistics of sapheneia4.3.1 Language comprehension: an overview4.3.2 Sentence processing4.3.3 Sentence length4.3.4 Sentence structure4.3.5 Word order4.3.6 Vocabulary4.4 Paralinguistic and non-linguistic elements4.4.1 Prosody4.4.2 Gesture4.5 Reading the native mind5. Processing Attic Oratory in Performance: An Experiment in Reconstruction5.1 Design5.2 Methodology and limitations5.3 'I like drinking water', or: indifferent interpretations5.4 Results5.4.1 Lys. 15.4.2 Lys. 12.1 505.4.3 D. 22.1 475.4.4 Antipho 15.4.5 D. 9.1 405.4.6 D. 155.4.7 Hyp. 65.4.8 Pl. Ap. 17a 24a45.4.9 Antipho 45.4.10 Isoc. 6.1 445.4.11 Isoc. 7.1 335.4.12 Th. 2.35SH 465.4.13 Pl. Mnx. 236d 44b5.4.14 Isoc. 9.1 435.5 Discussion6. Conclusion and Future DirectionsAppendix: Notes on Linguistic Dependencies in Classical GreekEndmatterBibliographyIndex