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Description - Ancient Greek Ideas on Speech, Language and Civilization by Deborah Levine Gera

The source and nature of earliest speech and civilization are puzzles which have intrigued people for many centuries. This study explores ancient Greek views on the source and nature of the world's first society and first language. Two of the book's chapters are based on close readings of passages in Homer and Herodotus, while the remaining chapters are broader surveys of a variety of Greek literary texts. Topics covered include the nature of the language used both by men and animals in the idyllic golden age, accounts of humans' ascent to civilized life and their acquisition of language, and exotic creatures and peoples who have only limited linguistic capacities. Discussions of Enlightenment thinkers and modern theories of glottogenesis and language acquisition set Greek assumptions in a wider perspective.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199256167
ISBN-10: 0199256160
Format: Hardback
(223mm x 145mm x 18mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Deborah Levine Gera

Deborah Levine Gera is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Classics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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