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Repetition in Homeric epic: Cognitive and linguistic perspectives

Minchin, Elizabeth


Why are there so many instances - and so many varieties - of repetition in the oral epics that we associate with Homer's name? In this paper I begin with Deborah Tannen's observations on repetition in spontaneous conversational discourse. I then turn to the oral epic tradition that had flourished in early Greece to consider how repetition operates in its two representative poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science
DOI: .1515/9783110348538-003


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