Greek: a history of the language and its speakers
Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers traces the development of this fascinating language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the present day, combining both external and internal history into a single narrative. It is the first book in English to explore the evolution of the Greek language as a whole, in all its regional and social heterogeneity, and in both its spoken and written forms, which, from late antiquity until surprisingly recently, were strikingly different in character, and provided the classic textbook example of what has now come to be known as diglossia. The cultural roots of this phenomenon and its profound implications for the development of the language provide a continuing theme throughout the book. Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers will prove essential reading for second and third year students taking courses in the history of Greek, Classical civilization, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and historical linguistics.
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Ancient Greek and its dialects
official and literary standards
The rise of Attic
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1st declension 3rd declension accent accusative af'tos already ancient aorist archaizing Asia Minor Athenian Attic avros avrov began Byzantine period century BC clauses clitic clitic pronouns Constantinople contemporary context control verbs Cretan Cretan Renaissance Crete cultural Cypriot dative declension demotic dialects diglossia early educated emperor empire eventually example final forms fourth century genitive Greece Hellenistic imperfect infinitival infinitive influence innovative involving Ionian islands Ionic katharevousa Koine late antiquity later Latin learned linguistic literary literature Macedonian major medieval medieval Greek Middle Ages modern Greek morphology neuter nouns npos of-me of-the official original Ottoman p.ov papyri paradigm participles Peloponnese perfect plosives plural popular prepositional pronouns pronunciation prose reflect remained replaced Roman rrjv speech spoken Greek spoken language style subjunctive suffix survived syllables synizesis texts tion tradition Turkish usage variants varieties verbs vernacular vowel West Greek writing written Greek written language
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