Dictionaries of Dialects: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period
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First collections of dialectal forms of the Greek language date to the pre-Hellenistic and Hellenistic age, when Koine replaced the ancient Greek dialects as a supra-regional language. These instruments aimed at understanding both ancient Greek dialects and foreign languages, as well as literary works of the past written in different genre-specific…

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Stefano Valente, “Dictionaries of Dialects: From Antiquity to the Byzantine Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000101>
First published online: 2013

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