The Prosody of Greek Speech

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byA. M. Devine, Laurence D. Stephens

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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 wouldnormally 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.

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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 wouldnormally be answered in the laboratory. In this w...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:584 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations1. The Physiology of Prosody2. The Syllable3. Rhythm4. Pitch5. Word Prosody6. Connected Speech7. The Appositive Group8. The Minor Phrase9. The Major Phrase and Utterance10. Topic and FocusBibliographyIndex