Ancient Greek Accentuation
Synchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory
By (author) Philomen Probert
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Ancient Greek Accentuation by Philomen Probert
Book DescriptionThe accent of many Greek words has long been considered arbitrary, but Philomen Probert points to some striking correlations between accentuation and a word's synchronic morphological transparency, and between accentuation and word frequency, that give clues to the prehistory of the accent system. Bringing together comparative evidence for the Indo-European accentuation of the relevant categories with recent insights into the effects that loss of transparency and word frequency have on language change, Probert uses the synchronically observable correlations to bridge the gap between the accentuation patterns reconstructable for Indo-European and those directly attested for Greek from the Hellenistic period onwards.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199279609
(242mm x 163mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Philomen Probert
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Laws and Rules in Indo-European, Hardback (May 2012)» View all books by Philomen Probert
Leading scholars from all over the world reassess the operation of the laws and rules in Indo-European which constrain the reconstructions and etymologies on which knowledge of the history and prehistory of the language family is based. The book makes an important contribution to the history of ancient languages.
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Author Biography - Philomen Probert
Philomen Probert is University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics, and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.
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