Greek Loanwords in Coptic
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Abstract

Current estimates place the number of Greek loanwords in Coptic at around 5000 lemmata. Greek loanwords include both lexical and grammatical items, including substantives, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, prepositions, and discourse particles.  No Coptic dialect, however, shows borrowed determiners, pronouns, or bound morphology outside of ‘Greek language islands’ in Coptic texts. Generally speaking, Coptic tends to corrob…

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Eitan Grossman, “Greek Loanwords in Coptic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000469>
First published online: 2013



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