A History of the Greek Language: From Its Origins to the Present

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BRILL, 2005 - History - 345 pages
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Greek is one of the few languages still known to us after three thousand years that are still spoken today. In this English translation of Francisco Rodriguez Adrados's "Historia de lengua griega," an overview is presented of the development of the Greek language at its different stages. Professor Adrados touches on a rich variety of topics, making "A History of the Greek Language" into a colourful collection of linguistic ideas.
 

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Contents

II
4
FROM COMMON GREEK TO THE DIALECTS
22
IV
27
VII
34
DIALECTAL PANORAMA
59
EPIC ELEGY AND CHORAL LYRIC
87
3
97
5
106
Colloquial koine and its variants
184
general description
192
The evolution of the intellectual and scientific lexicon
203
Hellenised Latin and GreekLatin
213
Greek and other languages of antiquity
220
BYZANTINE GREEK AND ITS INFLUENCE
226
Description of Byzantine popular Greek
237
GREEK IN THE EUROPEAN LANGUAGES
269

THE LITERARY LANGUAGES OF
126
The transformation of the Attic dialect into
142
8
149
The creation of the scientific language
161
12
162
KOINE AND ITS RELATION TO OTHER
175
19
179
22
287
MODERN GREEK
291
CONCLUSION
312
29
319
34
328
INDEX
343
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Francisco Rodriguez Adrados, emeritus Professor of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is renowned for his publications on the History of the Graeco-Latin fable. In addition to this, his research interest lies with the history of Indo-European languages.

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