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Author(s): Nicholas Swift
Abstract Responsion is the agreement between the corresponding parts of repeated structures, including verbal, syntactic, thematic, prosodic, but above all, metrical repetition. When periods or strophes, or their constituent metra and cola, are systematically repeated, their agreement, or correspondence, is called ‘responsion’, and the units in question are said to ‘respond’ with one another. As the fundamental structural principle of Greek poetry, the study of responsion is vital for the identif…
Date: 2013-11-01

Alphabet, The Origin of the Greek

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Author(s): Nicholas Swift
Abstract Following the invention of writing, we can identify three major steps in the evolution of the Greek alphabet. First, to link graphemes to the sounds of a language, which was already a strategic part of the Egyptian system by the time we know it. This momentous idea was probably the result of minor orthographic problem-solving, for despite the production of a compact but nearly ‘full’ set of consonantal graphemes (involving completely novel linguistic analysis) with the potential to repre…
Date: 2015-05-01