The Languages of Aristophanes: Aspects of Linguistic Variation in Classical Attic Greek

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byAndreas Willi

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By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. A representative range of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is described and analysed. Stylistic andstatistical observations are combined and supplemented by typological comparisons with material drawn from sociolinguistic research on modern languages. The resulting portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our understanding of various socio-cultural phenomena reflected in Aristophanes' work, such asthe spread of 'sophistic' culture, the re-evaluation of gender roles, and the status of foreigners in Athenian society.

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By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. A representative range of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is described and analysed. Stylistic andstatistical observations are combined and supplemen...

Andreas Willi is Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, Oxford University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199215103

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Religious registers3. Technical languages4. 'Scientific discourse'5. Sophistic innovations6. Female speech7. Foreigner talk8. ConclusionAppendix: Aristophanes' Attic: A grammatical sketch