Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Ancient Greek Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
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From the Archaic period on, Greek has consisted of several dialects, while the first form of common Greek appeared only during the Hellenistic Age with the emergence of the Hellenistic Koine. The study of ancient Greek dialects involves two methodological approaches. The former (‘Dialectology’) is mainly based on the structural analysis of each variety and on the description of the relationship among differe…

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Carlo Consani, “Ancient Greek Sociolinguistics and Dialectology”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000024>
First published online: 2013

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