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Description - The Languages of Aristophanes by Andreas Willi

By examining linguistic variation in Aristophanic comedy, Andreas Willi 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 analysed. 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 'sophistic' culture, the re-evaluation of gender roles, and the status of foreigners in Athenian society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199262649
ISBN-10: 0199262640
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 145mm x 23mm)
Pages: 374
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andreas Willi

Andreas Willi is Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Classics at the University of Basel

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