[b-greek] Re: Greek accents in III - II cent. BC

From: clayton stirling bartholomew (c.s.bartholomew@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Fri Nov 03 2000 - 12:05:35 EST

on 11/03/00 1:21 AM, Andre Desnitsky wrote:

>> If my memory serves me correctly Stephen G Daitz* makes a stab at it. I
>> have not listened to his tapes for several years so I could be mistaken
>> about this. I am not at all sure he is aiming at II and III century.
>> Probably more like IV and V century.
> Dear Clay,
> Many thanks. An afterthought that followed my private response to you:
> does he deal exclusively with the classical pronunciation as it is recorded in
> our grammars?
> My interest is a bit different: when and how did the Greek prosody start to
> change, especially in what concerns proclitics and enclitics? And what about
> evidences about those regions of the Hellenistic world where Greek was spoken
> by people whose origin was non-Greek, Alexandria in particular?


I will have to get this from the library again. I am sure it is out of print
so there is probably no other way of getting it.

Stephen G Daitz uses pitch accents, not stress accents and for that reason
is somewhat unlike what you will find in most standard grammars. I am sure
that Daitz does NOT pay any attention whatsoever to the question of
Hellenistic Alexandrians who spoke Greek as a second language. Daitz is
primarily concerned with Classical Greek texts.

So I suspect that Stephen G Daitz will not be all that helpful for your
project. Listening to his pitch accents is an intriguing experience.

The fellow who could really address your question in detail is Randall Buth
but I suspect he has taken a vacation some where far away from Jerusalem for
obvious reasons.


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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