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Magna Graecia, Dialects

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Author(s): Susana Mimbrera Olarte
Abstract Magna Graecia was home to both Doric and Ionic colonies. In ancient times there were speakers of West Ionic or Euboean and speakers of East Ionic. However, Ionic ceased to be spoken at a fairly early date in many cities, due to historical events, and was mostly superseded by the Koine. In the Doric colonies, the following dialects were spoken: Laconian, Achaean and Locrian. Although the existence of a Doric Koina is uncertain, there were certainly supradialectal influences at work. Doric…
Date: 2013-11-01

Sicily, Dialects in

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Author(s): Susana Mimbrera Olarte
Abstract The Greeks settled in Sicily in the 8th and 7th centuries BCE. There were Euboean colonies (where Ionic was spoken) and Doric colonies (where West Greek was spoken). Over the course of time, as a result of the political upheavals that engulfed the Ionic cities, Ionic was abandoned in favor of Doric, which became (with the Hellenization of the indigenous populations) the sole dialect spoken on the island. This Doric must at first have been varied, since the Doric settlers were of differen…
Date: 2013-11-01