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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 salient fe…

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Sophie Minon, “Dialectal Convergence”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000096>
First published online: 2013

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