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By Benjamin W. Fortson IV

This e-book comprises linguistic case-studies of chosen good points of the language and meter of Plautus. those phenomena are investigated for the sunshine they could shed at the prosodic association of Latin speech and the intersection among prosodic phonology and syntax; a few also are positioned in a broader comparative-historical context. issues mentioned contain Meyer´s and Luchs´s legislation, break up resolutions, contraction of est (""is""), enjambement, iambic shortening, and the pragmatic results at the rhythmic association of words.

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The fact that variation is present in these texts and often resists attempts to establish hard-and-fast rules does not vitiate those attempts. This is, oddly, a disputed point. A minor but representative example of a contrary voice can be found in Griffiths (1972) review of Drexler 1969a. Citing the latters previously stated view (1932, 1:242 n. ” He goes on to quote Questa 1967, 29 approvingly (“la parola mai deve essere bandita nel trattare di prosodia plautina”) and to underscore “the mincemeat [made] of Jachmanns rules for limiting the scope of [iambic shortening] by O.

The figures in Ceccarelli 2000 show that spondees are marginally more common in A positions in the trimeter than iambs. To be sure, holoiambic lines are rare in Greek comedy too, with a rate of about one per seventy lines (based on the figures in White 1912, 37 and 58), but this is a good bit commoner than in Plautus. Men. 750 (Negas nouisse me? ) is said by Gratwick ad loc. to consist of pure iambs, but this is incorrect because of the long o¯ of no¯uisse. He also adduces line 91 (suo arbitratu, ad fatim, cottidie [with hiatus before ad]) as a possible further example if one reads quotı¯die¯ and if one reads arbitratu with short ultima before the hiatus.

Gerschner 2002, 60. 13 This is also a feature of aphaeretized (see Ch. 6) 2nd sing. s: the last syllable of ama¯tus scans long (< ama¯tu(s e)ss). 14 Some authors distinguish the two, limiting diuerbium to verse recited without musical accompaniment and Sprechvers to any spoken (as opposed to sung) verse. 15 The meters will be described below. 16 In antiquity, canticum referred to any verse accompanied by music (i. , anything besides diuerbium), but nowadays is generally used more limitedly. 17 As the behavior of the iambic and trochaic meters in Plautus is quite similar (see further below), they are usually treated together terminologically under the general rubric of “iambo-trochaics”.

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