Magna Graecia, Dialects
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Abstract

Magna Graecia was home to both Doric and Ionic colonies. In ancient times there were speakers of West Ionic or Euboean and speakers of East Ionic. However, Ionic ceased to be spoken at a fairly early date in many cities, due to historical events, and was mostly superseded by the Koine. In the Doric colonies, the following dialects were spoken: Laconian, Achaean and Locrian. Although the existence of a Doric Koina is uncertain, there…

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Susana Mimbrera Olarte, “Magna Graecia, Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 23 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_000015>
First published online: 2013



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