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Greek and Lycian
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Contact effects between Greek and Lycian, the autochthonous Indo-European Anatolian language of Lycia, definitely include some culturally based loanwords, calques and borrowed phraseology, and more arguably influences on the use of lexemes and on configurational syntax. Naming practices also show a complex cultural interaction, with direct transposition from one language to the other, calques and various degrees of morphological adaptation.

Lycian is attested in more than 175 inscriptions, nearly all on stone an…

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Craig Melchert, “Greek and Lycian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000158>
First published online: 2013

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