Language and Rhythm in Plautus

Language and Rhythm in Plautus

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This book consists of linguistic case-studies of selected features of the language and meter of Plautus. These phenomena are investigated for the light they can shed on the prosodic organization of Latin speech and the intersection between prosodic phonology and syntax; some are also placed in a broader comparative-historical context. Topics discussed include Meyera€™s and Luchsa€™s laws, split resolutions, contraction of est (a€œisa€), enjambement, iambic shortening, and the pragmatic effects on the rhythmic organization of phrases.The problem of deviant scansions is paralleled by that of deviant linguistic forms. ... in the transmission of the playsa€”copyists errors, interpolations, 37 Forms of (-) duim occur forty times in the extant plays, ... see now de Melo 2007, 255a€“60.

Title:Language and Rhythm in Plautus
Author: Benjamin Fortson
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2008-12-10

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