Modern Greek, Tsakonian

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Summary

Modern Greek ( or "Neo-Hellenic", historically and colloquially also known as "Romaic" or "Roman", and "Greek") refers to the dialects and varieties of the Greek language spoken in the modern era.

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Tsakonian (Τσακωνικά): Spoken in its full form today only in a small number of villages around the town of Leonidion in the region of Arcadia in the Southern Peloponnese, and partially spoken further afield in the area. Tsakonian evolved directly from Laconian (ancient Spartan) and therefore descends from the Doric branch of the Greek language.

It has limited input from Hellenistic Koine and is significantly different from and not mutually intelligible with other Greek varieties (such as Demotic Greek and Pontic). Some linguists consider it a separate language because of this.

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External Links

  • WikipediaPortal for the Greek Language (modern & ancient)Hellenic National CorpusILSP PsychoLinguistic Resource (online tools and information)Audio example of Modern GreekOnline course "Filoglossia" by ILSP

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