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  Greek Language - LoveToKnow 1911
Greek is one of the eight main branches into which the Indo-European languages are divided.
The Greek language, at any rate as it has come down to us, is remarkably perfect, in vowel sounds being the most primitive of any of the Indo-European languages, while its verb system has no rival in completeness except in the earliest Sanskrit of the Vedic literature.
Greek compared with Latin and English: P.Giles, A Short Manual of Comparative Philology for Classical Students (2nd ed., 1901, with an appendix containing a brief account and specimens of the dialects); Riemann and Goelzer, Grammaire comparative du Grec et du Latin (1901), a parallel grammar in 2 vols., specially valuable for syntax.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Greek_Language   (8339 words)

  
 Greek Language - MSN Encarta
Aeolic was spoken principally in the districts of Aeolis, Thessaly (Thessalia), and Boeotia.
It was the language of the poets Alcaeus and Sappho and of three of the idylls of Theocritus.
Koine was the language of the court and of literature and commerce throughout the Hellenistic empires.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761552508/Greek_Language.html   (1718 words)

  
 Language in Ancient Greece - Crystalinks
Ionic, therefore, became the primary literary language of ancient Greece until the ascendancy of Athens in the late fifth century.
Attic Greek - a subdialect of Ionic, was for centuries the language of Athens.
The Greek language continued to thrive after Alexander, during the Hellenistic period (323 BC to 281 BC).
www.crystalinks.com /greeklanguage.html   (411 words)

  
 FAQ - Greek Language & Script
A: The layout of the Greek script in the Unicode Standard is an artifact of the history of Unicode and of ISO/IEC 10646.
And in most of the major Greek character encodings, a character for the final sigma and a character for the non-final sigma are distinguished.
Greek, on the other hand, is a non-cursive script, and in modern usage, at least, has basically just the single positional variant form, for sigma.
www.unicode.org /faq/greek.html   (1124 words)

  
 Learn to Speak Greek: Greek Language Books, Programs and Courses
These are some Greek language programs that I have used and enjoyed which will help you better understand what is going on around you in Greece.
If you know some Greek but want to fill in the gaps this is a great way to jumpstart your language skills and if you are just a beginner this is a great way to begin.
It offers a variety of books for the study of the Greek language by the student at home or under the supervision of an instructor when the student is very young.
www.athensguide.com /language.html   (698 words)

  
 The Greek Language
Greek language(Dhimotiki), an frequent language in Greece with its origins dating back 3,500 years and an uninterrupted literary history which makes it one of the oldest remaining branches of the Indo-European family of languages.
It is the language of one of the major civilizations of the world and of one of the greatest literatures of all time.
Greek has a wide diversity of dialects of varying levels of common fluency, which in addition to official diversity (Standard Modern Greek), include the Cypriot, Pontic, Cappadocian, Griko (Calabrian Greek) and Tsakonian (the only surviving representative of ancient Doric Greek) varieties.
www.justgreece.org /greece/greek-language.asp   (534 words)

  
  The Greek Language
Greek is spoken by the 10 million inhabitants of Greece and some 82% of the population of Cyprus, numbering a further half million.
In the twentieth century the language debate took on a political significance with social reformers claiming that katharevousa was being used as an instrument to deny the common man access to education and advancement while nationalist governments generally tended to favour katharevousa.
Greek hostility to the Skopje government since the demise of the former Yugoslav Federation is based on a perceived fear of a nationalist movement for a "Greater Macedonia" posing a threat to Greek territory.
www.translexis.demon.co.uk /new_page_2.htm   (4450 words)

  
  Greek language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet (the first to introduce vowels), since the 9th century BC in Greece (before that in Linear B), and the 4th century BC in Cyprus (before that in Cypriot syllabary).
Mycenaean Greek: the language of the Mycenaean civilisation.
Greek is the official language of Greece where it is spoken by about 99.5% of the population.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Greek_language   (2564 words)

  
 Greek
Classical Greek fell into disuse in western Europe in the Middle Ages, but remained known in the Byzantine Empire, and was reintroduced to the rest of Europe with the Fall of Constantinople and Greek migration to Italy.
The bulk of Greek vocabulary evolved from the Proto-Greek, the ancestor of all Greek dialects.
Greek is considered to be a Category II language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/february/greek.html   (1163 words)

  
 History of the Greek Language
The history of the Greek Language begins, as far as the surviving texts are concerned, with the Mycenaean civilization at least as early as the thirteenth century BCE.
In the classical or hellenic period Greek existed in several major dialects, each of which has its own significance for the history of the language, but the most influential of these would ultimately prove to be the one spoken in Athens, called Attic.
Greek was adopted as a second language by the native people of these regions and was ultimately transformed into what has come to be called the Hellenistic Koiné or common Greek.
www.greek-language.com /historyofgreek   (847 words)

  
 Greek language information - Search.com
Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet (the first to introduce vowels), since the 9th century BC in Greece (before that in Linear B), and the 4th century BC in Cyprus (before that in Cypriot syllabary).
Medieval Greek: The continuation of Hellenistic Greek during medieval Greek history as the official and vernacular (if not the literary nor the ecclesiastic) language of the Byzantine Empire, and continued to be used until, and after the fall of that Empire in the 15th century.
Greek is the official language of Greece where it is spoken by about 99.5% of the population.
www.search.com /reference/Greek_language   (2402 words)

  
 Greek language at AllExperts
Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet (the first to introduce vowels), since the 9th century BC in Greece (before that in Linear B), and the 4th century BC in Cyprus (before that in Cypriot syllabary).
Classical Greek fell into disuse in western Europe in the Middle Ages, but remained known in the Byzantine world, and was reintroduced to the rest of Europe with the Fall of Constantinople and Greek migration to Italy.
Greek is the official language of Greece where it is spoken by about 99.5% of the population.
en.allexperts.com /e/g/gr/greek_language.htm   (2434 words)

  
 Greek
The Greek language (both ancient and modern) is a member of the Indo-European family of languages; its closest relatives are Armenian, Indo-Iranian, and Italic.
Ancient Greek was spoken in Greece, on Crete and Cyprus, in parts of the eastern Mediterranean and western and northern Anatolia, on Sicily and in southern Italy, on the northern Black Sea coast, and sporadically along the African coast and the French Riviera.
Modern Greek is the language of about 9,340,000 people in Greece and the Greek islands and about 480,000 on Cyprus; it is also spoken in isolated villages of Turkey, Sicily, and southern Italy, and in many areas throughout the world to which Greeks have immigrated, notably Australia and North America.
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 A2Z Languages ~ Study And Learn Greek ~ Athens Greece ~ Greek Language School
The Greek language school was founded by a consortium of top scholars and artists who wanted to provide an array of Greek language immersion programs to students from around the world.
The Greek language school is ideally situated in the heart of Athens (Greece).
Greek language courses are taught 5 days a week and consist of 4 Greek language lessons per day.
www.a2zlanguages.com /athens.htm   (1049 words)

  
 A brief history of the Greek language (English version)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Greek language is of Indo-European origin and is spoken and written primarily in Greece and Cyprus.
The break in the evolution of language from the 12th to the 8th century coincides with the destruction of the Mycenean civilization by the Dorian invasions and for nearly 4 centuries very little linguistic progress was recorded.
It is the official language of the Byzantine Empire and is considered by many an early version of the Modern Greek language.
obelix.ee.duth.gr /eft/english/greeklang.html   (335 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Greek language (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Greek language, member of the Indo-European family of languages (see Indo-European).
It is the language of one of the major civilizations of the world and of one of the greatest literatures of all time.
Many modern scientific and technical words in English and other Western languages are derived from Greek, and it has been estimated that 12% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/G/Greeklan.html   (188 words)

  
 Greek language. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Ancient Greek was prevalent in the Balkan peninsula, the Greek islands, W Asia Minor, S Italy, and Sicily.
The official language of Greece and one of the official languages of Cyprus, Modern Greek is spoken today by about 12 million people, chiefly in Greece and the Greek islands (10 million speakers), Turkey (600,000), Cyprus (550,000), and the United States (390,000).
Modern Greek, for example, has absorbed a number of loan words from Turkish and Italian, although its vocabulary is essentially that of Ancient Greek.
www.bartleby.com /65/gr/Greeklan.html   (765 words)

  
 KATERINA SARRI WEBTOPOS - GREEK LANGUAGE and ALPHABET
«It was greek to me...» exclaims Casca in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'.
The greek alphabet is born: 8th century B.C.E. The earliest inscriptions are of c.725 B.C.E. We still use the northsemitic letter names -slightly changed- (alpha from 'aleph, beta from bet, etc.), although we are not aware of their original semitic meaning.
Apart from common neohellenic greek and various local idioms which are easily understood, there are a few surviving greek dialects of modern times that flourished in places that, being quite isolated from the mainstream language evolution, produced a distinct greek dialect.
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 GREEK, Modern
Related Languages: The linguistic affinities noted in the chapter on Ancient Greek are relevant for Modern Greek, though perhaps not as obvious as for the ancient language.
The Ancient Greek positioning was valid throughout the Hellenistic period and on into Byzantine Greek, but in the Medieval period, the orientation of the weak pronouns toward the verb, as opposed to the clause, began to emerge, with the modern distribution developing after the 16th century.
Increasingly in the Medieval period and on into Modern Greek relative clauses are marked with an invariant relative marker - in the modern language pu, homophonous with one of the indicative complementizers - with resumptive pronouns in the relative clause being fairly common.
www.ling.ohio-state.edu /~bjoseph/articles/gmodern.htm   (4544 words)

  
 Greek Translation Service - English to Greek Translation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Greek of Italy and that of Corsica are probably separate languages (R. Zamponi 1992).
In Cyprus, the dialect is reported to be closer to Classical Greek than that spoken in Greece in some vocabulary and grammar, and to have many Arabic and Turkish loanwords.
Greeks in Russia and Ukraine speak either Greek or Turkish and are called 'Urums'.
www.appliedlanguage.com /languages/greek_translation.shtml   (579 words)

  
 Greek language, learn Greek
Our Greek language courses run at a wide range of levels, so we will certainly have a course which is the correct level for you.
This Modern Greek course, just 6 lessons/week, is an excellent choice if you want to learn to speak Greek, but have plenty of time to learn the language, being in Greece for several months.
People speak Greek differently in different parts of Greece, so if you learn to Greek in more than one location, you will get used to different accents and therefore be better able to speak Greek in any situation.
www.applelanguages.com /en/learn/greek.php   (697 words)

  
 The Greek Language
The Greek language has been in use since prehistoric times, with the earliest evidence of its written versions surviving to our date in the form of Linear B tablets which date back to the 14th century BCE.
Attic Greek became common among the known civilized world in ancient times because Athens became such strong cultural influence in the Mediterranean, and because later Alexander the Great helped the language become common among his conquered people between Greece, Egypt and as far east as India.
In every variation, different words are used to describe the same object, but the written language is common throughout the country thanks to the rigorous public education system that has pushed the literacy rate at 97.5% in the last thirty years.
www.greeklandscapes.com /travel/language.html   (1199 words)

  
 Greek Language
As studied in the context of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies programs at Lewis & Clark, Ancient Greek is the ancient language of the great texts of antiquity from Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides and Thucydides to the New Testament to the works of Byzantine Greek authors.
Our focus in Greek language courses is on acquiring the basic skills necessary to read full texts in Classical and Hellenistic Greek, including works ranging from the New Testament to Thucydides to Homer.
Greek language may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
www.lclark.edu /dept/greek   (169 words)

  
 Greeklessons.co.uk - greek language for children, learn modern greek language, greek language lessons, greek language, ...
Greeklessons.co.uk is a personal service providing you with the opportunity to learn Modern Greek in the comfort of your own home or at the tutor’s house.
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