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Ancient Greek AccentuationSynchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory$
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Philomen Probert

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279609.001.0001

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Some Background on Greek Accentuation

Some Background on Greek Accentuation

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Ancient Greek Accentuation

Philomen Probert (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys some of the salient characteristics of the ancient Greek accent system: its phonetic nature (traditionally described as a ‘pitch accent’); the contrast between acute and circumflex accentuations; the phonological limitations on the placement of the accent (law of limitation and sōtêra rule); accentual properties of word-final diphthongs; proclitics and enclitics; and accentuation of Greek dialects other than Koine. A concluding section explores the extent and consistency of the information on the accentuation of Hellenistic Koine.

Keywords:   pitch accent, acute, circumflex, law of limitation, sōtêra rule, word-final diphthongs, proclitics, enclitics, Greek dialects, Koine

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