Linguistic Interaction in Roman Comedy
Linguistic Interaction in Roman Comedy

Linguistic Interaction in Roman Comedy

by Peter Barrios-Lech


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ISBN-13: 9781107129825
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/26/2016
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Peter Barrios-Lech is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Besides teaching Latin and Greek, and courses in Greek and Roman civilization, he co-directs the Conventiculum Bostoniense, a week-length program in spoken Latin which attracts graduate students, professors, high-school students and Latin enthusiasts from around the country. He has published articles on the language of Plautus and Terence and is currently working on a book on Greek New Comedy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. The Latin Directive: Introduction to Part I; 2. The moods of command - imperatives and subjunctives; 3. Prohibitions in Early Latin; 4. Indirect requests - questions and statements; 5. The 'can you' request and others; Conclusion to Part I; Part II. Interactional Particles in Roman Comedy: 6. How to soften a command; 7. How to strengthen a command; 8. How to soften a statement in Latin; Part III. Structuring Conversation: 9. Interruptions and attention-getters; 10. Openings and closings in Roman comedy; Conclusion to Parts I-III: summary of findings; Part IV. Interpreting Interactions in Roman Comedy: 11. Discourse in Roman comedy; 12. Role shifts, speech shifts; Appendix 1. Speech and character types in Roman comedy; Appendix 2. About the directive database; Appendix 3. Politeness phenomena in Roman comedy.

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