Colvin, SC; (2013) Perceptions synchroniques des dialectes et de la koinè. In: Minon, S, (ed.) Diffusion de l’attique et expansion des koinai dans le Péloponnèse et en Grèce centrale. Droz: Geneva.
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This paper examines perceptions of the koine and its relationships with the epichoric dialects. The idea of a new, uniform common language which spread across the Greek world and replaced the dialects is rejected: in each area the koine emerged in a dynamic relationship with the local vernaculars. There must have been important differences in the development and status of the new Panhellenic standard across the Greek-speaking world. Greek sources often appear contradictory on the genesis of the koine: it is discussed as though it is both the descendant and the parent of the dialects. The confusion is typical of the culture of diglossia; but it may also mirror perceptions of the relation between the new panhellenic Greek identity and older local (e.g. Spartan or Athenian) identities.
|Title:||Perceptions synchroniques des dialectes et de la koinè|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Greek and Latin|
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