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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue by Helma Dik
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Helma Dik approaches word order in Greek tragic dialogue from the perspective of language rather than metre. The tragic poets engaged in mimesis of natural dialogue; therefore the analysis of the linguistic characteristics of the dialogue precedes exploration of the metrical dimension, on the assumption that poets would not be overly constrained by the iambic trimeter, which, after all, was the most natural speaking verse according to Aristotle. Dik analyses the word order of tragic dialogue in pragmatic terms, arguing that, in sentences, words functioning as Topic (the 'starting point' of an utterance) or Focus (the most salient piece of information) will come early, and that other less important words will follow. Similarly, the position of adjectives within noun phrases is analysed as a function of their relative salience rather than in terms of their semantics. This approach aims to account for word order in sentences generally, but it also allows for a new interpretation of familiar phenomena in Greek, such as 'postponed interrogatives'. The book concludes with a commentary on the word order in four passages of Sophocles' Electra.

Author Biography

Helma Dik is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.
Release date Australia
July 26th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
6 tables
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
298
Dimensions
145x222x22
ISBN-13
9780199279296
Product ID
1808455

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