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The Languages of Aristophanes
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The Languages of Aristophanes: Aspects of Linguistic Variation in Classical Attic Greek

Andreas Willi

Abstract

By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, this book 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, such as the spread of ‘s ... More

Keywords: linguistic variation, Aristophanic comedy, register, technical languages, sociolects, comic idiolects, Attic dialect, Aristophanes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215102.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Willi, author
Diebold Professor of Comparative Philology, University of Oxford
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