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Developments in Medieval and Modern Greek

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Author(s): Io Manolessou
Abstract The most important characteristic of Medieval and Modern Greek is diglossia, which heavily influences linguistic history. The major phonetic changes in the vowel and consonant system take place in the Late Koine period, but are masked by the conservative spelling system. Important Medieval changes are synizesis and manner dissimilation of obstruents. Morphology and syntax change considerably in the Medieval period, with developments such as massive case syncretism, loss of grammatical ca…
Date: 2013-11-01