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Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

Helma Dik


This book approaches word order in Greek tragic dialogue from the perspective of language rather than metre. The tragic poets engaged in mimesis of natural dialogue; therefore the analysis of the linguistic characteristics of the dialogue precedes exploration of the metrical dimension, on the assumption that poets would not be overly constrained by the iambic trimeter, which, after all, was the most natural speaking verse according to Aristotle. The book analyses the word order of tragic dialogue in pragmatic terms, arguing that, in sentences, words functioning as Topic (the ‘starting point’ o ... More

Keywords: Greek language, tragic poets, iambic trimester, Topic, Focus, adjectives within nouns, postponed interrogatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helma Dik, author
Associate Professor of Classics, University of Chicago
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