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By Steve Reece

For over 2500 years the various so much discovered students of the Greek language have involved themselves with the subject of etymology. the most efficient resource of adverse, even inexplicable, phrases was once Homer's 28,000 verses of epic poetry. Steve Reece proposes an method of elucidating the meanings of a few of those tough phrases that reveals its suggestion essentially in Milman Parry's oral-formulaic thought. He proposes that in the lengthy interval of oral transmission acoustic uncertainties, particularly concerning note obstacles, have been regularly happening: a bard uttered one collocation of phrases, yet his viewers suggestion it heard one other. the resultant resegmentation of phrases and words is the possible explanation for many of the etymologically inexplicable phrases in our Homeric texts.

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