Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second by Geoffrey Horrocks(auth.)

By Geoffrey Horrocks(auth.)

Greek: A background of the Language and its audio system, moment Edition finds the trajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean interval of the second one millennium BC to the present day.

• Offers a whole linguistic therapy of the background of the Greek language
• Updated moment version positive factors elevated insurance of the traditional proof, in addition to the roots and improvement of diglossia
• Includes maps that truly illustrate the distribution of historic dialects and the geographical unfold of Greek within the early center AgesContent:
Chapter 1 the traditional Greek Dialects (pages 7–42):
Chapter 2 Classical Greek: legitimate and Literary ‘Standards’ (pages 43–66):
Chapter three the increase of Attic (pages 67–78):
Chapter four Greek within the Hellenistic international (pages 79–123):
Chapter five Greek within the Roman Empire (pages 124–159):
Chapter 6 Spoken Koine within the Roman interval (pages 160–188):
Chapter 7 ancient Prelude (pages 189–206):
Chapter eight Greek within the Byzantine Empire: the most important concerns (pages 207–230):
Chapter nine Byzantine Belles Lettres (pages 231–243):
Chapter 10 The Written Koine in Byzantium (pages 244–272):
Chapter eleven Spoken Greek within the Byzantine Empire: The critical advancements (pages 273–324):
Chapter 12 Texts within the ‘Vernacular’ (pages 325–369):
Chapter thirteen Ottoman Rule and the warfare of Independence (pages 371–378):
Chapter 14 Spoken Greek within the Ottoman interval (pages 379–412):
Chapter 15 Written Greek within the Turkish interval (pages 413–427):
Chapter sixteen The historical past of the trendy Greek nation (pages 428–437):
Chapter 17 The ‘Language query’ and its answer (pages 438–470):

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This is only to be expected in view of what has been said above about the relative conservatism of North-West Greek (the subgroup geographically closest to the Aeolic homeland) beside Peloponnesian Doric, the probably mixed character of Aeolic even in the Bronze Age (involving some infiltration of East Greek features from the south), its strongly independent development during the Dark Age, and the susceptibility of the historical dialects to the influence of neighbouring varieties thereafter (North-West Greek for Thessalian and Boeotian, Ionic for Lesbian).

It was at this time that the Ionic version of the alphabet was standardized (see ‘The Greek Alphabet’, pp. xviii–xx), and the modern version used in this book derives ultimately from that source. The remainder of this chapter will be concerned with the array of Ancient Greek dialects attested epigraphically in the alphabetic period down to Hellenistic times, but will focus mainly on their likely prehistory and early development in the light of the much older data provided by Mycenaean. 3 Greek Dialect Relations and the Place of Mycenaean If a group of travellers had set out from Athens in the early 5th century bc and made their way westwards in the direction of Megara they would, as they left the region of Attica (cf.

Here the relevant isoglosses linking Megarian etc. e. the Peloponnesian Doric dialects) are assumed to have been inherited from a prehistoric ‘Peloponnesian Doric’ dialect that had earlier innovated in just these respects to the exclusion of ‘North-West Greek’. Similarly, the key features linking ‘Peloponnesian Doric’ with the ‘North-West Greek’ group are assumed to have been jointly inherited in a still earlier period from a prehistoric ‘West Greek’ dialect that had become differentiated from ‘East Greek’ by introducing just these distinguishing properties.

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