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Greek Loanwords in Coptic
(1,574 words)


Current estimates place the number of Greek loanwords in Coptic at around 5000 lemmata. Greek loanwords include both lexical and grammatical items, including substantives, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, prepositions, and discourse particles.  No Coptic dialect, however, shows borrowed determiners, pronouns, or bound morphology outside of ‘Greek language islands’ in Coptic texts. Generally speaking, Coptic tends to corroborate m…

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Eitan Grossman, “Greek Loanwords in Coptic”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000469>
First published online: 2013

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