Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Code-switching is the juxtaposition within the same exchange of passages of speech belonging to two different grammatical systems, without taking into consideration the degree of diversity of the language systems involved. In ancient Greek texts instances of code-switching are found between either koine and Greek dialects or between Greek and other languages of the Mediterranean basin. From a structural point of view, three code-switching varieties emerge: within the same sentence, between cla…

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Carlo Consani, “Code-Switching”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000427>
First published online: 2013

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