The Development of the Greek Language
This book, published in its first edition in 1989, is aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at readers who know ancient Greek. It aims to show how accessible Modern Greek is, once the basic adaptations over time are understood. For speakers of Greek the book provides an overview of the language’s past. For those with no Greek the historical introductions and the translations of the extracts serve as an introduction to the Greeks
and their language.
The chapters trace the long march of the language from the use of Greek in the Linear B tablets through the classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish/Venetian, Ottoman, and post-independence periods to the present day. The developments are illustrated within their historical context and the extracts give a taste of the literature of a period as well as providing examples of changes in the language, which are explained
in the grammatical points that follow.
This second edition has been revised throughout. The translations are more literal, to enable the reader to follow the Greek text more closely, and a new appendix summarizes the grammar of Standard Modern Greek. Finally an up-to-date and fuller bibliography provides a useful guide for further study.
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Prehistoric and Ancient Greek
The Beginnings of Modern Greek The Common Dialect
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accent accusative adjectives alphabet ancient Greek aorist Appendix Four Aretousa Asia Minor Athens Attic Attic dialect Byzantine century BC changes chapter Christian classical clitic consonant Constantinople Cretan Crete dative declension demotic demotic Greek derived dialect diminutive dvai emperor empire endings Erotokritos example extract feminine genitive goto grammar Greece Greek alphabet Greek language hail Hellenistic Hymn imperfect Indo-European Indo-European languages infinitive Ionian Ionic katharevousa Kazantzakis Kcri Kisavos klephts Koine Kornaros later Latin Linear literary literature mainland meaning Mycenaean neuter nouns nptora original otov Ottoman participle passive Peloponnese period Phanariots poem poet poetry prepositions present pronoun pronunciation prose regularisation Roman Siatista signs singular plural Siteia spoken language style subjunctive syllable tablets tense toug translation Turkish Turks Venetian verb vocabulary vowel western words writing written Xcape Xcdpe