The Prosody of Greek Speech / Edition 1

The Prosody of Greek Speech / Edition 1

by Andrew M. Devine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195085469

ISBN-13: 9780195085464

Pub. Date: 12/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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 reliable data in living languages, it is possible to exploit texts as sources of answers to questions that would normally be answered in the laboratory. In this work, the authors interpret

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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 reliable data in living languages, it is possible to exploit texts as sources of answers to questions that would normally 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195085464
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Pages:
584
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.27(d)

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