ERIC Number: ED077292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Modern Greek Diglossia and Its Sociocultural Implications.
This article explains the linguistic situation in Greece and the condition of diglossia that has arisen there through the use of common Modern Greek, developing from the Athenian dialect into a medium of communication used by all Greeks, and the use of Katharevusa, the "pure" or "purifying" language which is supposedly an imitation of Ancient Greek. The author compares selected features of the two languages in the areas of pronunciation, morphology, semantics, syntax, and spelling. A lengthy discussion concerning the historical reasons leading to the existence of modern Greek diglossia is provided along with remarks concerning the creation of Katharevusa. Using Charles Ferguson's theories concerning diglossia typology, the author applies them to the Greek situation and demonstrates the role of both languages seeking to establish a typology. Concluding remarks concern what effect Greek diglossia is having on Greek education. (VM)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Diachronic Linguistics, Diglossia, Greek, History, Language Acquisition, Language Planning, Language Role, Language Standardization, Language Styles, Language Usage, Morphology (Languages), Official Languages, Phonemics, Pronunciation, Regional Dialects, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Spelling, Syntax
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Note: In Linguistic Communications, 2, 1970. Paper presented at the 13th Congress of the Australian Universities Language and Literature Association, Monash University, August 1970