Greek in Contact
UPDATE: We have been awarded an ESRC grant (ES/R006148/1) for a 42-month project Intonation and diachrony: a phonetic investigation of the effects of language contact on intonational patterns
Our project website is under construction. Watch this space!
Anatolian Greek dialects until 1923. Demotic in yellow. Pontic in orange. Cappadocian in green, with green dots indicating individual Cappadocian Greek villages in 1910. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocian_Greek#/media/File:Anatolian_Greek_dialects.png
This project forms part of a wider research agenda seeking to determine how historical change and language variation arise out of language contact situations. The goal of the present pilot is to build a corpus of archival recordings of Asia Minor Greek, a contact variety showing a mixture of Greek and Turkish features. The analysis of the data will be carried out in the later stages.
- What is the role of language contact in intonation change?
- How long can contact influences last in the recipient variety?
- Which aspects of intonation are subject to variation?
- Does intonation show the same principles and processes as segmental change?
We presented a poster at Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory Conference, Rhethymno, October 2016. The full paper will be available from MGDLT 7 online proceedings.
Investigators: Mary Baltazani, Joanna Przedlacka, John Coleman
Supported by an award from Oxford University's John Fell Fund 152/075