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Linguistics, Composition, And Style: Dionysius' Use Of The Parts Of Speech

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As a rhetorician, Dionysius used the theories of grammarians for his own purposes. His works on style and rhetorical composition offer a unique possibility for us to observe how the two language disciplines that were arguably the most prominent in the ancient world, namely grammar and rhetoric, were integrated into a coherent set of ideas. A rhetorician who focuses on aspects of style can apply the theory of the parts of speech in several ways. Dionysius, as a ?historian of linguistics?, discusses the early history of the theory of the parts of speech. Finally, as a literary critic, Dionysius discusses the style of Thucydides by analysing the historian?s use of the parts of speech: in this context, the theory of the parts of speech is employed as an instrument for literary analysis.

Keywords: composition; Dionysius; grammar; language disciplines; linguistics; parts of speech; rhetoric; theories of grammarians; Thucydides

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