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Greek and Armenian
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Speakers of Greek have interacted with speakers of Armenian from the 5th c. BCE, but the first direct evidence for language contact comes from Greek loanwords in Armenian texts, including the Bible translation, from the 5th c. CE. Greek influence on the syntax of the Armenian Bible translation is limited, but later translations show the adaptation of Greek syntactic features. A papyrus from Egypt shows Greek written in Armenian script, sometime between the 5th and 7th c. CE. 

There is no direct record of the Armenian language bef…

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James Clackson, “Greek and Armenian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000148>
First published online: 2013

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