Medieval and Modern Greek ePUB Ù Medieval and Epub /

Medieval and Modern Greek ePUB Ù Medieval and  Epub / An absolute gem crammed with information Robert Browning s Medieval and Modern Greek is a survey of the changes that the Greek language went through after the classical variety of the 5th century BC, written with the assumption that the reader already has a thorough grounding in Classical Greek The book was first published in 1969 by Hutchinson, but in 1983 a second edition was published by Cambridge University Press to represent the outcome of the great changes of the previous decade, which saw the artificial literary norm Katharevou Robert Browning s Medieval and Modern Greek is a survey of the changes that the Greek language went through after the classical variety of the 5th century BC, written with the assumption that the reader already has a thorough grounding in Classical Greek The book was first published in 1969 by Hutchinson, but in 1983 a second edition was published by Cambridge University Press to represent the outcome of the great changes of the previous decade, which saw the artificial literary norm Katharevousa finally dismissed in all spheres of activity in favour of a standard language closer to Demotic, or popular, Greek.So Browning proceeds chronologically, noting when classical constructions fell out of use or innovative formation arose He ascribes the major pronunciation changes to earliest times, and after that his comments are mainly on morphology and lexicon This presentation of the post classical Greek language is divided into 6 periods the Hellenistic world and the Roman empire, the early middle ages from the 6th century to 1100 , the late middle ages 1100 1453 , the period of the Turkish occupation, and finally the development of the modern language In the last chapter there is a quite detail survey of the dialects of Modern Greek Following the text is an enormous bibliography and an index of Greek words mentioned in the text.My only complaint is the lack of a topical index or some clearer outline, so that one couldquickly look up information Each chapter presents the developments of the era in one steady flow without section headings Still, as a graduate in Classics who would like to learn how to communicate with the Greeks of today, I found Browning s book very useful in explaining just how some of these strange new forms in my Modern Greek textbooks came about very heavy going for the general reader in places But very useful and actually quite enjoyable when discussing the evolution of the language ingeneral terms Makes the very intriguing point that diglossy, one of the main features of Greek, was actually well established by the onset of the christian era, and is by no means a latter day development In fact, the establishment of a Greek state has served to put a stop to diglossy rather than the opposite To speakers of Modern Greek the Homeric poems of the seventh century BC are not a foreign language The Greek language has enjoyed a continuous tradition from earliest times until now This book traces its history from the immediately post classical or Hellenistic period to the present day The aim is both to analyse the changing structure of a language stabilised by a peculiarly long and continuous literary tradition, and to show how changing historical circumstances are reflected, in the development of the language In particular the historical roots of Modern Greek internal bilingualism are tracedThe questions treated will be of interest not only to students of Greek but also to students of linguistics

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