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Developments in Medieval and Modern Greek
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The most important characteristic of Medieval and Modern Greek is diglossia, which heavily influences linguistic history. The major phonetic changes in the vowel and consonant system take place in the Late Koine period, but are masked by the conservative spelling system. Important Medieval changes are synizesis and manner dissimilation of obstruent…

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Io Manolessou, “Developments in Medieval and Modern Greek”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000095>
First published online: 2013

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