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

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

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by Andreas Willi
     
 

By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, The Languages of Aristophanes opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. Unlike previous research, it works with more fine-grained variational categories than 'literary' versus 'colloquial/spoken' language. A representative range of registers, technical languages,… See more details below

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By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, The Languages of Aristophanes opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. Unlike previous research, it works with more fine-grained variational categories than 'literary' versus 'colloquial/spoken' language. A representative range of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is described and analysed. Stylistic and statistical observations are combined and supplemented by typological comparisons with material drawn from sociolinguistic research on modern languages. Thus, a methodology is developed which bypasses the difficulties caused by the literary nature of the raw material. At the same time, the resulting portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our understanding of various socio-cultural phenomena reflected in Aristophanes' work, such as attitudes towards religion, the spread of 'sophistic' culture, the re-evaluation of gender roles, and the status of foreigners in Athenian society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199262649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/20/2003
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Andreas Willi is Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford

Table of Contents

Texts, Translations, and Abbreviations
List of Figures
List of Tables
1Introduction1
2Religious Registers8
3Technical Languages51
4'Scientific Discourse'96
5Sophistic Innovations118
6Female Speech157
7Foreigner Talk198
8Conclusion226
AppAristophanes' Attic: A Grammatical Sketch232
References271
Index of Passages305
Index of Greek337
General Index351

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