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By Francisco Rodriguez Adrados

ISBN-10: 9004128352

ISBN-13: 9789004128354

Greek is among the few languages nonetheless recognized to us after 3 thousand years which are nonetheless spoken at the present time. during this English translation of Francisco Rodr?guez Adrados’s Historia de lengua griega, an outline is gifted of the advance of the Greek language at its assorted phases. Professor Adrados touches on a wealthy number of issues, creating a historical past of the Greek Language right into a vibrant number of linguistic principles.

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Meier-Briigger 1992, p. , A. Sacconi 1991: although it contains elements o f the Cretan Linear A, CyproMinoan may proceed from Syria and especially Ugarit, where evidence of this has been found. O n Crete, c f C. Davaras 1976. O n Cretan scripts see, in general, C . -P. Olivier 1996 (who identi­ fies inscriptions which are dated earlier and later than the bulk of these, in the thirteenth century); on the Phaestus disk (Cretan hieroglyphics), see Y. Duhoux 1977; for Eteocretan, see Y. Duhoux 1982.

Duhoux 1988. 3. G R E E K A N D T H E N O N - G R E E K LANGUAGES IN T H E SECOND MILLENNIUM 57. S o , w e see that the Greeks were established in G r e e c e starting from the year 2 0 0 0 . F r o m the first millennium onwards, w h e n w e are p r o v i d e d with evidence for establishing these events, G r e e c e itself is c o m p l e t e l y Hellenised, H o w e v e r , there are very m a n y n o n - G r e e k elements in its t o p o n y m y and lexicon. I n d e e d , a series o f G r e e k authors preserved the m e m o r y o f n o n G r e e k settlements o f archaic date: they even indicate that n o n - G r e e k languages were still spoken in certain parts, especially in the periph­ ery o f G r e e c e .

65 f. F a c e d with this dialect, languages that have b e e n dated more recently, o r m o r e to the W . e. , G e r m . ) and the E. ), the i m p f , aor. and perf. m e r g i n g in the second. This is the fundamental division: the old division into centum/satdm languages corresponds to a m o r e recent phonetic p h e n o m e n o n which intersects with the IE I I I A / B split and other characteristics. A n o t h e r B innovation is the frequent use o f verbal stems in *-e and -a. , Celt, and T o e ; the lack o f the a c t .

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