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Elean (and Olympia)
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Elean is a Doric dialect akin to dialects of north-western Greece, particularly as evidenced by its nominal and verbal morphology. Exclusive Eleisms are mostly phonetic: the vocalic system has 6 long vowels, with open vowels prevailing over the closed, as well as consonantal stops weakened by spirantization and vanishing spirants. In the most ancient lega…

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Sophie Minon, “Elean (and Olympia)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000116>
First published online: 2013

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