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Word and object in Lucretius: Epicurean linguistics in theory and practice

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This thesis combines a philosophical interpretation of Epicurean attitudes to language with literary analysis of the language of DRN. Chapters 1-2 describe Epicurean attitudes to diachronic and synchronic linguistic phenomena. In the first chapter I claim that the Epicurean account of the first stage of the development of language involves pre-rational humans acting under a ‘strong’ form of compulsion. The analogies with which Lucretius describes this process were motivated by a s...

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University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Classics Faculty - Classical Languages and Literature
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Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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Oxford University, UK
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ora:6955

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