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Lesbian (and Asian Aeolic)
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The Lesbian dialect is known through fragments of the lyrical poets Alcaeus and Sappho, ca 600 BCE, and through inscriptions extending from the 7th c. BCE to the 3rd c. CE. The description that follows selects, mainly from the verbal system, such morphological characteristics which appear to be linked with phonetic specificities of the dialect and with its ‘recessive accentuation’ (according to ancient grammarians).  

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René Hodot, “Lesbian (and Asian Aeolic)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000211>
First published online: 2013

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