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Author Horrocks, Geoffrey C.

Title Greek : a history of the language and its speakers / Geoffrey Horrocks.

Published London ; New York : Longman, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  480.9 HORR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 393 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Series Longman linguistics library
Longman linguistics library.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 366-380) and index.
Contents The Greek Alphabet -- 1. Ancient Greek and its dialects -- 2. Classical Greek: official and literary 'standards' -- 3. The rise of Attic -- 4. Greek in the Hellenistic world -- 5. Greek in the Roman Empire -- 6. Spoken Koine in the Roman period -- 7. Historical prelude -- 8. Greek in the Byzantine empire: the major issues -- 9. Byzantine belles lettres -- 10. Middle styles in Byzantium -- 11. Spoken Greek in the Byzantine empire: the principal developments -- 12. Texts in the 'vernacular' -- 13. Ottoman rule and the war of independence (1453-1833) -- 14. Spoken Greek in the Ottoman empire -- 15. Written Greek in the Turkish period -- 16. The history of the modern Greek state -- 17. The 'language question' and its resolution.
Summary Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers traces the development of this fascinating language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the present day, combining both external and internal history into a single narrative. It is the first book in English to explore the evolution of the Greek language as a whole, in all its regional and social heterogeneity, and in both its spoken and written forms, which, from late antiquity until surprisingly recently, were strikingly different in character, and provided the classic textbook example of what has now come to be known as diglossia. The cultural roots of this phenomenon and its profound implications for the development of the language provide a continuing theme throughout the book.
Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers will prove essential reading for second and third year students taking courses in the history of Greek, Classical civilization, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, and historical linguistics.
Subject Greek language -- History.
Greek language, Medieval and late -- History.
Greek language, Modern -- History.
Greece -- Civilization.
ISBN 0582031915