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

· Offers a complete linguistic treatment of thehistory of the Greek language
· Updated second edition features increased coverage ofthe ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development ofdiglossia
· Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distributionof ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in theearly Middle Ages

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Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers traces thetrajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of thesecond millennium BC to the current day. Widely celebrated upon itsoriginal release, this greatly expanded Second Edition explores theevolution of the Greek language in its regional and socialheterogeneity and in both its spoken and written forms.

Beginning in the ancient world with the emergence and dominanceof the Attic dialect in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, the book goeson to examine the subsequent development of the language during theHellenistic and Roman periods. The text explores the tensionbetween written varieties and evolving forms of the vernacular --and the resultant 2000 years of diglossia -- the ever-growing gulfbetween what was said and what was written, and the linguisticconsequences of attitudes toward language. Other topics addressedinclude the ancient Greek dialects, epigraphic and literary; theimpact of the adoption of Greek by the Macedonians, Romans, and asa lingua franca in the East; the role of Greek in the developmentof Latin and modern European languages; and the position ofdifferent forms of Greek in the medieval Byzantine state. Finally,more recent problems of establishing a standard language andeducation system in the independent Greek state that emerged in theearly 19th century are revealed, as well as the ongoing legacy ofdiglossia into the 1970s.

Unmatched in breadth of material and scholarly rigor, Greek:A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second Edition,remains the essential resource on the development of the Greeklanguage.

About the Author:

Geoffrey Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow of St. John's College. He is the author of many articles on the history and structure of the Greek language and has co-edited several volumes on themes and issues in modern Greek syntax. His previous books include Space and Time in Homer (1981), Generative Grammar (1987), Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (1997), and The Blackwell History of the Latin Languge (with James Clackson, 2007).

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