i read somewhere that greeks defined hoi barbaroi as those whose language sounded like the bleating "bar-bar" of sheep, i.e. non-greek... is that just an urban myth or is it good etymology?
i agree with u that the pitch accent is worth attempting. i've put a lot of effort into this as well... it's amazing how i had to get on top of grammar, phonology, re/syllabification, tetrachord theory, and the bulk of devine & stephen's "prosody of greek speech" before i could start reconstructing just a few lines of greek... and everytime i learn something new i have to start from the beginning again
to show u where i'm up to, i've just now created a temporary website and uploaded my reconstructed Greek classical pronunciation documents. it's just my own work in progress, so i haven't explained everything fully... hopefully u can work it out
in the "Greek Pitch Model" doc i've modelled all the evidence i've seen relating to the relative
pitch levels of successive syllables in greek sentences:
the terminology "catathesis" + "anathesis" &c are explained on this site (by Avery Andrews):
http://arts.anu.edu.au/linguistics/Peop ... /pitch.htm
i've started reconstructing the iliad and demosthenes' de corona (on my temp site), just the first few lines/clauses...
the ~ signs in those docs mean that the previous syllable needs to be sustained an extra beat or so (ie long syllables). the grey annots below the lines of greek refer to my pitch model document...
any comments/advice, please post them here or email me. i'd also be interested to hear how others like u 1%homeless are working on the pitch accent!