Category: Linguistics

Kaliarda VI: Revenioti

By: | Post date: 2017-11-22 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Linguistics, Modern Greek

The trans activist Paola Revenioti has made a series of documentaries in recent years about sundry aspects of Greek society. On of these was a a documentary about Kaliarda in 2014; the trailer is available on YouTube: There is an interview with her on Lifo magazine about the documentary, as well as an extensive review; […]

Kaliarda V: Remvos, Angelou, Gkartzonika

By: | Post date: 2017-11-21 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Culture, Linguistics, Modern Greek

I noted that there was a dearth of material online on Kaliarda. There is a dearth, but not as much as when I posted about it in 2010. I will come back to two more extensive sources in later posts: the 2015 documentary on Kaliarda by trans activist Paola Revenioti, and Katerina Christopoulou’s 2016 PhD […]

Kaliarda III: The Romani basis of Kaliarda

By: | Post date: 2017-11-16 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

What Petropoulos had not picked up on in his first edition was that the base of the distinctive lexicon of Kaliarda is Romani—something that he had emended by the second edition. There is precedent for a Romani base in other Greek cants—notably the builders’ cant Dortika in Eurytania, which Manolis Triantafyllidis published on in 1923. […]

Kaliarda II: Petropoulos’ description

By: | Post date: 2017-11-16 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

Having given what little information Petropoulos gives about the gay community that spoke Kaliarda, I am moving on to discussion of the cant itself. I’m putting Petropoulos’ own linguistic observations up first, with some comments of my own. I’m going to be vacillating between Greek and IPA for this, because I want to make sure […]

αγορίνα I: The patriarchally safe meanings

By: | Post date: 2017-11-13 | Comments: 7 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

I was asked to weigh in a couple of weeks ago on Facebook, on the provenance of the contemporary Greek slang word αγορίνα. It’s a term I myself, being in the diaspora, had not heard before this year, and I was suitably taken aback when I did first hear it. (“She’s calling me a female […]

Future Imperfect

By: | Post date: 2017-11-11 | Comments: 6 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek

Latin and Greek both had an indicative tense called the Future Perfect. The tense described a event occurring in future time, but with perfective aspect—something complete in the future. The future perfect fits neatly into the matrix of possible tenses of Greek: it has the reduplication of Greek perfect tenses, but the -s- ending of […]

Counterpoint: Against Derivational Morphology

By: | Post date: 2017-11-11 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: English, Linguistics

Matt Treyvaud has refuted my argument in In Defence of Derivational Morphology, in the following comment which I’m happy to repost: “Speciesism” was a better choice than “specism” for the English word. Even an English speaker who was perfectly fluent in Latin would have chosen “speciesism” if they had any taste at all. To the […]

In defence of derivational morphology

By: | Post date: 2017-11-08 | Comments: 15 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

In my post on the formation of speciesism, I noted that Speciesism is a coinage so clueless about how Latin works, it could only have been coined in English, and in English after people stopped learning classical languages, at that. (It dates from 1970.) The -es in Latin is an inflection. You never ever put […]

The Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität is complete

By: | Post date: 2017-11-02 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek

The Lexikon zur byzantinischen Gräzität published its first fascicle in 1994 as a joint project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Bonn, under the direction of Erich Trapp, and after a decade of preparatory work. The Lexikon started out as the Dictionary of Byzantine Greek focussing on the 9th to 12th centuries—but, in […]

Is the σου in καλή σου ἡμέρα out of place in Northern Greek

By: | Post date: 2017-11-01 | Comments: 1 Comment
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek

In a previous post, I mused that the use of καλή σου ἡμέρα “Good day to you” in Constantinople, in texts such as De Cerimoniis from the 10th century, was problematic—since by then the dialect split was meant to be in place, between genitive pronouns in the South (Southern Italy), and accusative pronouns in the […]

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