Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis
Associate Editors: Vit Bubenik, Emilio Crespo, Chris Golston, Alexandra Lianeri, Silvia Luraghi, Stephanos Matthaios

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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics (EAGLL) is a unique work that brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek. It is an indispensable research tool for scholars and students of Greek, of linguistics, and of other Indo-European languages, as well as of Biblical literature.

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Koine, Features of

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Author(s): Sofia Torallas Tovar
Abstract Koine Greek is the Greek language commonly spoken and written in the eastern Mediterranean in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It is impossible to describe fully the characteristics of a language spoken over so wide a geographical area, across a period of several centuries, and utilized across all levels of speech, from the most erudite philosopher to the barely literate peasant. However, there are trends and features of both literary and colloquial speech that appear regularly in the …
Date: 2013-11-01

Koine, Origins of

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Author(s): Vit Bubenik
Abstract The term ‘Koine’ ( koinḕ diálektos ‘common language’) was first used to refer to the form of Greek which served as a ‘lingua franca’ during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was a ‘compromise’ Attic-based variety (characterized by a certain reduction in morphological categories) which became the ‘official’ language of the Macedonian empire on the Greek mainland and in its oriental domains. It was used as a literary language by historiographers, writers of technical prose, popular litera…
Date: 2013-11-01