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LINGUIST List 21.232

Thu Jan 14 2010

Calls: Ling & Literature, Phonology, Morphology/USA

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        1.    Dieter Gunkel, APA panel: A New Look at Greek Prosody

Message 1: APA panel: A New Look at Greek Prosody
Date: 12-Jan-2010
From: Dieter Gunkel <dcgunkelgmail.com>
Subject: APA panel: A New Look at Greek Prosody
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Full Title: APA panel: A New Look at Greek Prosody

Date: 06-Jan-2011 - 09-Jan-2011
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Contact Person: Dieter Gunkel
Meeting Email: dcgunkelgmail.com
Web Site: http://www.apaclassics.org/AnnualMeeting/annualmeeting.html

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient (grc)

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2010

Meeting Description:

A New Look at Greek Prosody aims to showcase a broad range of scholarship on
Ancient Greek prosody. There will be time for 4-5 presentations of approximately
20 minutes. The panel will be held during the Annual Meeting of the American
Philological Association. (Note that the meeting unfortunately takes place at
precisely the same time as the 2011 LSA conference.)

Call for Papers

Organized by David Goldstein (University of California, Berkeley) and Dieter
Gunkel (University of California, Los Angeles)

With the 1994 publication of The Prosody of Greek Speech, Devine and Stephens
achieved insights into Greek that many would have hardly thought possible. The
study of prosody, that is, the study of phenomena such as syllable structure,
accentual rhythm, pitch, and intonational phrasing, is an extremely delicate and
difficult endeavor when it comes to a dead language. Devine and Stephens
combined detailed philological investigation of texts (literary, grammatical,
and musical) with linguistic theory, a broad range of cross-linguistic
typological comparisons, and evidence from experimental linguistics and
psychology, to offer the most extensive and detailed portrait of Greek prosody
to date.

Despite these impressive results, the pervasive role that prosody plays in Greek
language and literature has generally not been appreciated. Simply put, prosody
pervades practically every aspect of language, including syntax, semantics,
pragmatics, word formation, and accentual patterns, not to mention other facets
such as performance, gesture, and metrics. As prosodic studies have been given
only marginal treatment, the opportunities for new discovery in this area are

The time has come for two things. The first is to look afresh at Greek prosody
from both an empirical and a theoretical standpoint. More is known now than was
in 1994, and the panel should showcase recent advances as well as identify and
explore new frontiers. Second, the forum aims to bring prosodic studies and
their implications into the purview of a wider range of classical scholars.

We are interested in questions of prosody at every level, from the syllable to
the rhetorical period, and particularly welcome presentations that demonstrate
the implications of prosodic studies for Hellenic scholarship at large.
Questions that papers may address include the following:

1. What is the relationship between everyday colloquial speech rhythms and the
dossier of Greek meters? What do metrical phenomena reveal about the prosody of
the colloquial language?

2. How does prosody affect the formation of words (e.g., compounds,
hypocoristics) at the various stages of Greek?

3. How are we to understand the prosodic patterns found in prose texts, such as
the clausulae of the Greek orators? What basis underlies these patterns, how do
we account for their distribution, and what functional roles did they play in
the sentence or the performance?

Abstracts must be received by the APA office by 1 February 2010. Please send an
anonymous abstract as a PDF attachment to apameetingssas.upenn.edu, and be sure
to provide complete contact
information and any AV requests in the body of your email. Submissions will be
reviewed anonymously.

For further information, please contact David Goldstein at dmgoldberkeley.edu
or Dieter Gunkel at
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