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Dialect Koine
(3,059 words)

1. Introduction

The term ‘koine’ comes from the Greek word koinē ‘common’, referring to the variety of Greek that became the lingua franca, or common language, of the eastern Mediterranean area during the Hellenistic period. It has since been applied to many other languages that share certain features with the original Greek koine. Inspired by the Hellenistic tradition, a number of Arabis…

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Catherine Miller, “Dialect Koine”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0085>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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