Dialects, Classification of
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Like any other language spread over a large territory, ancient Greek was divided into regional (geographical) dialects. Their conventional classification into (Attic)-Ionic, Aeolic, and Doric is exclusively based on the literary dialects and therefore should be supplemented by epigraphic evidence. The dial…

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Margalit Finkelberg, “Dialects, Classification of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000097>
First published online: 2013

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