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    Geoffrey Horrocks(Author)

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Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second Edition reveals the trajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the current day.

 Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language
 Updated second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia
 Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages

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  • PDF | 526 pages
  • Geoffrey Horrocks(Author)
  • Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Jan. 2014)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Kristian Lavrentidis on 26 July 2014

    As a greek myself, with a great interest in the history of our language, I would say that this scholarly work is excellent to the point of being nonpareil. It's thorough and covers the history of the language without leaving anything important out. It has pronounciation guides, so that phonetics can be traced as well, and it samples from very different genres of literature to show how language is used differently by different speakers. The one drawback is that it is heavy on linguistic terminology, so it is not to be read quickly. If you want a shorter and less formal history of Greek, I suggest Wendy Moleas "the Development of the Greek Language".It really does give plenty of detail for every period of Greek, with historical sections to give background to linguistic changes, with the only part somewhat missing being the Modern Greek of the 19th and 20th centuries, which has only one chapter dedicated to it. The changes that led to Modern Greek, however, are excellently presented throughout the work, so it does not suffer from cramming a lot into the final chapter. I recommend this warmly to all students of Greek, Ancient or Modern, who wish to expand their knowledge of the Greek language.

  • By GiChoc on 17 December 2014

    Absolutely fantastic book. I (Greek myself) was advised by a linguistics post-doc to read this book as the most helpful and complete understanding of the history of the greek language and its speakers as well.

  • By hist12 on 30 March 2014

    Usually, "exciting" is not the first word that pops to mind when it comes to books about language. This survey of Greek language by a leading authority on the subject certainly deserves it. This is not only because it deals with the fascinating story of a language that has been continuously used and developing for 4,000 years but also because of the excellent idea to present the history of the language as it intertwines with the history of people. This human dimension motivates the many technical details offered in the book which otherwise might be interesting only for experts. Needless to say, the information contained in the book reflects the latest advances in linguistics, literary studies and Greek history.

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