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Ancient Greek Accentuation: Synchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory

Philomen Probert


The accentuation of many categories of ancient Greek word appears arbitrary, but this book points to some striking correlations between accentuation and a word’s synchronic morphological transparency, and between accentuation and word frequency that give clues to the prehistory of the accent system. Bringing together comparative evidence for the Indo-European accentuation of the relevant categories with recent insights into the effects that loss of transparency and word frequency have on language change, the book uses the synchronically observable correlations to bridge the gap between the acc ... More

Keywords: Indo-European, morphological transparency, word frequency, Greek phonology, language change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philomen Probert, author
University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics, and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford
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