Tag: Cretan

Chantakites: Linguistic analysis

By: | Post date: 2010-03-01 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek
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As I promised, I’m going to walk through the linguistic particularities of Manuel Chantakites’ letter. This is pretty usual in the philological editions of Early Modern texts: there’ll be a couple of pages in the preface enumerating linguistic oddities, working their way up from phonology through to syntax (and not getting far beyond syntax, or […]

Generalised use of να in Early Modern Greek

By: | Post date: 2010-02-25 | Comments: 11 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek
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I’ve been reluctant to write this post for a couple of reasons: It requires dropping a moderate amount of linguistic science; I’m not prepared to do either the research or the bibliographic survey to back it up; It’s probably already been worked out by the Grammar of Mediaeval Greek people. If the latter is the […]

Manuel Chantakites, Away from Crete, 1420

By: | Post date: 2010-02-18 | Comments: 5 Comments
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Rather than continue from the previous post by presenting the theoretical framework of documentary texts, I will instead give a sample of that kind of text. This is one of the absurdly few private letters we have in the vernacular from the Early Modern period. It’s such a rare thing, Kriaras’ online dictionary abbreviates it […]

TLG updates

By: | Post date: 2010-02-02 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek
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The TLG has just released a new update to its corpus. As of tonight, the automatic recognition of lemmata in the TLG which I’ve been working on has just reached 95% of all wordforms. With these two milestones, I’ll be posting a few things about the current corpus; I’ve already put up some Wordles, as […]

The phonology of “Sitia”

By: | Post date: 2009-12-30 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek
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No hyperlinks for this post, as my internet time is rationed while I’m on holidays. Sitia, which is my hometown in Crete, does not figure prominently in history. The guidebooks say that in antiquity it was Eteia, and gave birth to Myson, one of the Seven Sages of Antiquity. The only Sage out of the […]

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