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Junctural Metanalysis In Homeric Greek

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The very features that have made Homeric Greek particularly susceptible to the kind of resegmentation of words - that is, junctural metanalysis are discussed in this chapter. The chapter discusses the general position of a unitarian and oralist with respect to the long and complex genesis and transmission of Iliad and Odyssey, a position informed by Milman Parry and Albert Lord's categorization of the Homeric epics as 'traditional, oral poetry,' and by their hypothesis that their earliest stable forms, from which inherited epics are ultimately derived, were 'oral-dictated' texts, that is, transcriptions of performances orally delivered by a historical figure and thereafter, relatively fixed in their forms. The chapter concludes with a misdivision of a Homeric collocation that is of exceptional interest because it seems to have crossed a language boundary to show up in Latin poetry.

Keywords: Homeric Greek; junctural metanalysis



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