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Perceptions synchroniques des dialectes et de la koinè

Colvin, SC; (2014) 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. (pp. 19-28). Droz: Geneva, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Perceptions synchroniques des dialectes et de la koinè
ISBN-13: 9782600013734
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.droz.org/eur/en/6056-9782600013734.html
Language: French
Additional information: Copyright 2014 by Librairie Droz S.A., 11, rue Massot, Genève.
Keywords: Greek language, sociolinguistics, koine
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1354592
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