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By Steve Reece

For over 2500 years a number of the such a lot discovered students of the Greek language have involved themselves with the subject of etymology. the most efficient resource of inauspicious, even inexplicable, phrases was once Homer's 28,000 verses of epic poetry. Steve Reece proposes an method of elucidating the meanings of a few of those tough phrases that reveals its suggestion basically in Milman Parry's oral-formulaic thought. He proposes that in the lengthy interval of oral transmission acoustic uncertainties, specifically concerning note barriers, have been continuously taking place: a bard uttered one collocation of phrases, yet his viewers idea it heard one other. the ensuing resegmentation of phrases and words is the possible reason for a number of the etymologically inexplicable phrases in our Homeric texts.

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