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Language and Character in Euripides’ Electra

Evert van Emde Boas


This study of Euripides’ Electra approaches the play through the lens of modern linguistics. A variety of modern linguistics theories (conversation analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics (on gender and politeness), paroemiology, and discourse studies) are introduced and then applied to the text of the play, with the aim of enhancing literary interpretation. The book has a specific focus on issues of characterization and demonstrates how Euripides shaped his figures through their use of language. In addition, some of the play’s major textual issues are tackled using the same linguistic methodol ... More

Keywords: characterization, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, Euripides: Electra, gender-specific language, generalizations, politeness theory, pragmatics, stylistics, textual criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198793601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evert van Emde Boas, author
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Calleva Research Centre, Magdalen College, University of Oxford