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Laconian, Messenian
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Abstract

Laconian and Messenian designate the local dialects spoken in the Greek regions of Laconia and Messenia, both of which share linguistic affinities.

The terms Laconian and Messenian designate the local dialects spoken in the Greek regions of Laconia and Messenia, respectively. Both dialects share a number of features and linguistic affinities. Laconian is a good example of “Doris Severior” or “Strict Doric” (Doric), which has a long-vowel system comprised of only five vowels. This is illustrated by the fact th…

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Araceli Striano, “Laconian, Messenian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000487>
First published online: 2013



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