Koine, Origins of
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The term ‘Koine’ (koinḕ diálektos ‘common language’) was first used to refer to the form of Greek which served as a ‘lingua franca’ during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was a ‘compromise’ Attic-based variety (characterized by a certain reduction in morphological categories) which became the ‘official’ lan…

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Vit Bubenik, “Koine, Origins of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000198>
First published online: 2013

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