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date: 15 September 2019

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The chapter offers a comprehensive account of the language of the palliata, giving particular emphasis to the diction of its two main representatives (Plautus and Terence). It also argues for a comic linguistic unity (Plautus, Naevius, Caecilius, Turpilius) with Terence standing apart, examines the archaic / Early Latin and colloquial dimension of comic diction, highlights its interaction with spoken Latin and elevated linguistic registers of the period, and, finally, studies various means of linguistic characterization.

Keywords: Plautus, Terence, Naevius, Caecilius, Turpilius, Early Latin (EL), colloquial spoken Latin, register, linguistic characterization

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