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This appendix section of the book Homer's Winged Words presents a list of the major lexical and etymological works of the last two centuries and synonyms and near-synonyms of the term 'junctural metanalysis. The next appendix talks about mondegreen. The term 'mondegreen' has been popularly applied to the phenomenon, although it has not yet achieved the status of a standardized word in the English lexicon. A 'mondegreen' is an aural error, and is to be distinguished from a 'malapropism,' which is an oral error. What accounts for the ubiquity of mondegreens? What are the linguistic forces behind their production? In what environments are they most likely arise? The answers to these questions may shed some light on why junctural metanalysis has occurred throughout human history in certain of the world's language groups, and, more particularly, why it has occurred so frequently in the poetic language of Homeric Greek.

Keywords: Homeric Greek; mondegreen; winged words



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