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

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Overview

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

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Table of Contents

Texts, Translations, and Abbreviations
List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
2 Religious Registers 8
3 Technical Languages 51
4 'Scientific Discourse' 96
5 Sophistic Innovations 118
6 Female Speech 157
7 Foreigner Talk 198
8 Conclusion 226
App Aristophanes' Attic: A Grammatical Sketch 232
References 271
Index of Passages 305
Index of Greek 337
General Index 351
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