Greek in Contact
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