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Tsakonian is an endangered divergent Modern Greek dialect which does not have its origins in the Hellenistic Koine but in the ancient Laconian dialect. Its unique archaic character has been noticed from very early on, on the basis of phonetic and core vocabulary data, but current research shows that the Doric elements of Tsakonian are not confined to these levels and are valuable for understanding and reconstructing Laconian.

Tsakonian (Tsak.) is an outlying, highly divergent Modern Greek dialect …

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Nikos Liosis, “Tsakonian”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_000037>
First published online: 2013

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