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Prosody is the study of phenomena related to intonation and rhythm in natural language, and to how it affects consonants and vowels when they are packaged into larger groups like syllables and feet.

Prosody (Gr. prosōidía, Lat. accentus) is the study of all phenomena related to intonation and rhythm in language; as such, it includes foot and syllable structure, accent, and phrasal intonation. We have no direct information at all about Greek phrasal intonation (Allen 1987:128-129), and the evidence fo…

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Ignacio Rodriguez Alfageme, “Prosody”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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