Ancient Bidialectalism and Bilingualism
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Abstract

The Hellenic world can be characterized as a monolingual area. Greeks were united by a common language, while non-Greeks spoke ‘barbarian’. There were few bilingual people in archaic and classical Greece. After the conquests of Alexander bilingualism is better attested, especially in terms of the contacts with Latin. Bi- or even trilingual inscriptions document contacts between Greek and various…

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Bruno Rochette, “Ancient Bidialectalism and Bilingualism”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 25 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000023>
First published online: 2013



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