Angelo O. Mercado
- Visiting Scholar of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (spring 2018)
- Associate Professor of Classics (2016–)
- Participating Faculty in the Linguistics Concentration (2010–)
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Recent and Forthcoming Work
- “Accent in Early Latin Hexameter.” Paper to be presented 4 May at the Jenaer Mai-Kolloquium “Die italischen Sprachen—neue Aspekte in linguistischer und philologischer Hinsicht, zur Erinnerung an Albert Debrunner,” Jena, Germany.
- “Accent in Lucilius’ Hexameters.” In Brian W. Breed, Elizabeth Keitel, and Rex Wallace, eds., Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome, 184–214. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
The Latin hexameter is said to have reached perfection under Vergil, who deployed to great effect the (mis-) alignment of word stress and metrical weight. A closer look at the hexameters of the Republican satirist C. Lucilius shows that he may have been instrumental in the meter’s early development. Lucilius was able to achieve accentual responsion across the hemistichs of his hexameters, where the (mis-) alignment of word accent and metrical quantity is more complex than “heterodyne” and “homodyne.” From a constraint-based analysis of Lucilius’ hexameters it can also be seen that his technique changed between the composition of Books 28–30, where he tended to avoid adjacent stresses, and of Books 1–20, where he was less liable to do so. Finally, an examination of the longer fragments brings to light Lucilius’ ability to sustain accentual responsion across many lines, creating rhythm in counterpoint to syllable duration.
- “From Proto-Indo-European to Italic Meter.” In Dieter Gunkel and Olav Hackstein, eds., Language and Meter, 253–66. Leiden: Brill.
- “Accent in Ennius’ Hexameters.” Paper presented at the 149th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Boston.
- Italic Verse: A Study of the Poetic Remains of Old Latin, Faliscan, and Sabellic. Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft 145.
Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen der Universität
- ISBN 978-3-85124-731-2
- OCLC 827925122
- Corrigenda [PDF]
- James Clackson, Classical Review 64.2 (October 2014): 441–3.
- David Goldstein, Gnomon 87.8 (2015): 695–703.
- Anne Mahoney, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.07.30.
- Vincent Martzloff, Wékʷos 1 (2014): 234–42.
- Wolfgang De Melo, Kratylos 59 (2014): 53–81.
- Paolo Poccetti, Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris 110.2 (2015): 229–33.
- Luca Rigobianco, Incontri linguistici 37 (2014): 209–11.
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