Sentence Length in Greek Hexameter Poetry
HEXAMETER STUDIES. QUANTITATIVE LINGUISTICS 11, pp. 107-136, R. Grotjahn, ed., Brockmeyer, 1981
16 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2010
Date Written: 1981
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
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