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The Resource Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue
Title
Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Dewey number
882.0109
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Greek language
  • Dialogue
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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue
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ocn815547219
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Extent
1 online resource (298 pages)
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9781281164834
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Oxford University Press
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System control number
(OCoLC)815547219
Label
Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Control code
ocn815547219
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (298 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781281164834
Level of compression
unknown
Note
Oxford University Press
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)815547219

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