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Doric Accentuation
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Doric accentuation refers to the distribution of tones in a dialect centered around Crete, Rhodes, and the south and east of the Peloponnese. The basic pattern is similar to that of Attic-Ionic, but with the high tone one mora (sometimes two) to the right, so that Attic philósophoi ‘philosophers’ shows up as philosóphoi with the high tone on the penultimate syllable rather than the antepenult.

Doric Greeks like Stesichorus and Ibycus seem to have had a slightly different pattern of high and low tones in their words than s…

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Chris Golston, “Doric Accentuation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000453>
First published online: 2013

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