Acquisition of Greek phonology: an overview

Mennen, Ineke and Okalidou, Areti (2006) Acquisition of Greek phonology: an overview. QMU Speech Science Research Centre Working Papers (WP-11). (Unpublished)


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Modern Greek (henceforth Greek) is the descendent of Ancient Greek. It is spoken by most inhabitants of Greece (approximately 11 million speakers) and is the official language of Greece. The linguistic situation in Greece has been characterized by diglossia from the middle of the 19th century until 1976. The two varieties of Greek diglossia are called Katharevousa and Dhimotiki. Katharevousa was created during the early 19th century and was the midpoint between Ancient and Modern Greek. It had many archaized forms of modern words and an archaic grammar. Dhimotiki was the variety spoken by Greeks in their daily lives and it became the official language in 1976 when Katharevousa was officially abolished. However, remnants of Katharevousa have remained in the Greek language, particularly in its written form.

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Additional Information: This series consists of unpublished “working” papers. They are not final versions and may be superseded by publication in journal or book form, which should be cited in preference. All rights remain with the author(s) at this stage, and circulation of a work in progress in this series does not prejudice its later publication. Comments to authors are welcome. This is a draft of a chapter that appears in Sharynne McLeod (Ed.) The International Guide to Speech Acquisition Thomson Delmar Publishing (ISBN 1-4180-5360-0) published in 2007. The International Guide to Speech Acquisition, Part II. Delmar Thomson, 398-411. Greek speech acquisition.
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2009 17:55
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 13:24


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