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Dialectal Convergence
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Dialectal convergence is the gradual process of mutual accommodation and leveling as observed in the regional and social Greek dialects before the development of the new variety of Greek which was called ‘Koine’. Extralinguistic factors (geographic, political, economic, social and cultural) provided an impulse for this convergence in most cases. The mutual processes consist in the leveling of sal…

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Sophie Minon, “Dialectal Convergence”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000096>
First published online: 2013

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