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Headword: *dia/lecis
Adler number: delta,628
Translated headword: speech, conversation, discourse
Vetting Status: high
Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "they provide us with speech". That is, with experience of speeches. And intelligence, that is to show what has been thought. Speech differs from dialect, because dialect[1] is a character of the voice indicating nationality, whereas speech [is] a deviation of a usual voice toward what is more venerable and rustic.
Greek Original:
*dia/lecis: *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais: dia/lecin h(mi=n pare/xousi. toute/sti lo/gwn e)mpeiri/an. kai\ nou=n, toute/sti ta\ nohqe/nta fra/zein. diafe/rei de\ dia/lecis diale/ktou, o(/ti dia/lektos me/n e)sti fwnh=s xarakth\r e)qniko/s, dia/lecis de\ th=s sunh/qous fwnh=s e)ktroph\ e)pi\ to\ semno/teron kai\ a)groiko/teron.
Aristophanes, Clouds 317 (where 'they' are "the heavenly clouds, great goddesses for lazy men": 316), with comment from the scholia there. See web address 1.
[1] Literally: way of speaking.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; rhetoric
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 25 June 2003@19:54:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; rearranged notes; other cosmetics) on 26 June 2003@04:04:41.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 29 June 2012@06:01:24.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 22 July 2016@20:34:38.
David Whitehead (cosmeticule) on 23 July 2016@03:26:06.


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