Orthography (orthographía), Ancient Theories of
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According to Greek grammarians, orthography is both the correct spelling of a word and the account of its correctness. It does not handle all of the spelling problems, as modern orthography does, but only particular problems, concerning those cases in which the pronunciation does not help to determine the correct spelling of a word. Greek theories on orthography developed from the 1st c. BCE on and reached their peak at the end of the 2nd c. CE with the grammarian Aelius Herodian: his Orthography was a primary source for Late A…

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Stefano Valente, “Orthography (orthographía), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000265>
First published online: 2013

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