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Dionysius On The Nature Of Language

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As a rhetorician, Dionysius of Halicarnassus is primarily interested in the artistic use of language for the sake of persuasion and aesthetic effects. This chapter finds out what language itself means to Dionysius. It discusses three aspects of Dionysius? concept of language in particular, namely the hierarchical structure of language, the connections between language, thought and reality, and Dionysius? views on the relationship between Greek and Latin, the two languages of the Graeco-Roman world in which he lived. The chapter then focuses on three passages in the work On Composition where Dionysius has been thought to allude to a certain philosophy of language. Finally, it argues that the relevant passages are not in fact incompatible and that the local functions of these passages within Dionysius? treatise scarcely allow us to draw any conclusions about his alleged philosophy of language.

Keywords: concept of language; Dionysius; Graeco-Roman world; Greek; Halicarnassus; Latin; On Composition



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