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Pre-Greek Languages
(2,722 words)


Pre-Greek refers to the language or languages spoken in Greece before the arrival of the tribes that brought to the Balkan Peninsula the Indo-European language that would become Ancient Greek.

1. Ancient Traditions and Theories

The Greeks never claimed that their language was indigenous to the land. They identified the populations that preceded them i…

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Margalit Finkelberg, “Pre-Greek Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000289>
First published online: 2013

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