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By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi opens up a new perspective on intra-dialectal diversity in Classical Attic Greek. A representative range of registers, technical languages, sociolects, and (comic) idiolects is described and analyzed. Stylistic and statistical observations are combined and supplemented by typological comparisons with material drawn from sociolinguistic research on modern languages. The resulting portrayal of the Attic dialect deepens our understanding of various socio-cultural phenomena reflected in Aristophanes' work.
About the Author
Andreas Willi is Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford
Table of Contents
2. Religious registers
3. Technical languages
4. 'Scientific discourse'
5. Sophistic innovations
6. Female speech
7. Foreigner talk
Appendix: Aristophanes' Attic: A grammatical sketch