Sentence Length in Greek Hexameter Poetry

HEXAMETER STUDIES. QUANTITATIVE LINGUISTICS 11, pp. 107-136, R. Grotjahn, ed., Brockmeyer, 1981

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Dee Clayman

City University of New York - Graduate Center

Date Written: 1981

Abstract

Sentence length was measured in Homer, Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and four Hellenistic poets by number of words, syllables and phonemes, and the results were subjected to a variety of analytical measures. The distribution of sentence length by number of phonemes proved to be a sensitive index to style and subject matter, but an unreliable guide to date and authorship.

Keywords: Greek hexamater; sentence length, quantitative stylistics; Homer; stylometry

Suggested Citation

Clayman, Dee, Sentence Length in Greek Hexameter Poetry (1981). HEXAMETER STUDIES. QUANTITATIVE LINGUISTICS 11, pp. 107-136, R. Grotjahn, ed., Brockmeyer, 1981. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1627358

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