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Day: May 9, 2016

Why did you decide to learn Esperanto?

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Posted in categories: Artificial Languages

Curiosity piqued by books about language, which mentioned it in passing. Starting with the three-paragraph article on Esperanto in World Book Encyclopedia. Then finding a couple of textbooks in my local public library, at the age of 13. The same reason I went on to learn Lojban and Klingon, I have to say. Updated 2016-05-09 […]

What is the etymology of Limassol, the English version of the Cypriot city ‘Lemesos’?

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Posted in categories: English, Linguistics, Modern Greek

I don’t know. I’ll build on Sid Kemp’s answer, and to use what online resources tell me. Nemesos is used by Sophronius of Jerusalem (7th century), Anna Komnene (11th century), and the Byzantine lists of bishops. Lemesos is used by Leontios Machairas (15th century), and the vernacular Byzantine chronicles (15th century). The Turkish forms are […]

How and why does religiosity vary among Greek immigrant communities?

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Posted in categories: Culture, Modern Greek

Question comes from my contrasting the attitude to religiosity among Greek-Australians and Greek-Americans. In the 1990s, Greeks were only coming up to second generation in Australia. The attitude to religion was akin to what it was in the home country: more about group identity and tradition than about a (how do Evangelicals put it?) personal […]

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