Tag: Modern Greek

The Trakatroukides and their language

By: | Post date: 2010-05-18 | Comments: 7 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, History, Linguistics, Modern Greek
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This is a complicated story no matter how one tells it and from what vantage point, but I’ve put this off a few months too many. So, following on from the preceding post on the Trakatroukides, let’s take the story from the top. Again, thanks to Butcher of Yore for doing all the research. After […]

How I found out about the Trakatroukides

By: | Post date: 2010-05-14 | Comments: 6 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, History, Linguistics, Modern Greek
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This post has been put off for a long time, and its sequel even longer; but one of its protagonists has just asked for it here, so I will not put it off further. This is a translation of a derailed comment thread last October, over at the Magnificent Nikos Sarantakos’ Blog, through which I […]

GTAGE: We have removed him John

By: | Post date: 2010-04-12 | Comments: 7 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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The Golden Treasury of Anglo-Greek Expressions (GTAGE) at slang.gr (see my pretext for this thread) begins with the enigmatic syntax of the following idiom: we have not seen him yet, and we have removed him John: ακόμα δεν τον είδαμε, Γιάννη τον εβγάλαμε. The actually meaning of the phrase is rather more transparent: “we have […]

Demotic in the Soviet Union

By: | Post date: 2010-04-04 | Comments: 8 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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In the short-lived Springtime of the Nationalities, in the late ’20s and early ’30s, the Soviet Union encouraged its multitudinous constituent ethniticies to develop their languages into modern instruments of proletarian thought. Many languages were first written down in that period, and it was a freewheeling time, just as it was in art, poetry and […]

Soviet Orthography of Greek

By: | Post date: 2010-03-31 | Comments: 8 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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I’m working on a post on the Greek language politics of the USSR, which glancingly mentioned the spelling reform that took place there in 1925. Because it’s a topic that deserves to be presented separately, I’ll put it in a separate blog post. The material isn’t mine, it’s from the blogger Πόντος και Αριστερά (Pontus […]

GTAGE: Screw you and your car jack!

By: | Post date: 2010-03-30 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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Language and slang.gr advisory Greeks on email have inevitably received at least twice joke emails that feature Greek phrases literally translated into English, to hilarious effect. (For moderate to small values of “hilarious”.) The humour lies in the fact that the Greek phrases are idioms, which cannot be translated literally, or that English and Greek […]

Maximus of Gallipoli: linguistic commentary

By: | Post date: 2010-03-28 | Comments: 7 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek
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I posted an excerpt of the 1638 New Testament translation by Maximus of Gallipoli last week. I’ve been rather busy and will continue to for at least a fortnight, and the promised linguistic commentary on the text has held me up from writing other stuff. Well then, here it is. It’s a lot of information, […]

What is the longest word of Online Modern Greek?

By: | Post date: 2010-03-15 | Comments: 14 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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I’ve been surveying the longest words of Modern Greek, thanks to a thread at the Magnificent Nikos Sarantakos’ blog. But that’s not the only place long words of Modern Greek can be reported from. I’ve made mention previously of Hellas-L mailing list, which is available publicly as Usenet group bit.listserv.hellas. I dropped off the list […]

What is the longest word of Modern Greek?

By: | Post date: 2010-03-14 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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When I posted about the longest words of Greek, I didn’t include Modern Greek, because I don’t have ready access to the resources that would give me an answer. A blessing on his house (not for the first time): Nikos Sarantakos put up a post asking for suggestions from his readers. Given how arbitrary word […]

γαμο- as prefix, Inflection within compounds, and slang.gr linklove

By: | Post date: 2010-03-12 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek
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(Language advisory yet again. Since, on the one hand I will be linking to slang.gr a lot, and on the other I’m guessing some of my readership would rather not see this kind of language, I’m open to suggestions on a more succinct rating system. Extra alert: there’s a reference to blasphemy in this post […]

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