Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers, Second Edition reveals the trajectory of the Greek language from the Mycenaean period of the second millennium BC to the current day.
Offers a complete linguistic treatment of the history of the Greek language
Updated second edition features increased coverage of the ancient evidence, as well as the roots and development of diglossia
Includes maps that clearly illustrate the distribution of ancient dialects and the geographical spread of Greek in the early Middle Ages
Geoffrey Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Fellow of St. John's College. His previous books include Space and Time in Homer (1981), Generative Grammar (1987), Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (1997), and The Blackwell History of the Latin Languge (with J. Clackson, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).
Preface to the First Edition xii Preface to the Second Edition xv IPA Chart xvii The Greek Alphabet xviii Introduction: The Scope and Purpose of This Book 1 PART I Ancient Greek: From Mycenae to the Roman Empire 7 1 The Ancient Greek Dialects 9 2 Classical Greek: Official and Literary Standards 43 3 The Rise of Attic 67 4 Greek in the Hellenistic World 79 5 Greek in the Roman Empire 124 6 Spoken Koine in the Roman Period 160 PART II Byzantium: From Constantine I to Mehmet the Conqueror 189 7 Historical Prelude 191 8 Greek in the Byzantine Empire: The Major Issues 207 9 Byzantine Belles Lettres 231 10 The Written Koine in Byzantium 244 11 Spoken Greek in the Byzantine Empire: The Principal Developments 273 12 Texts in the Vernacular 325 PART III Modern Greek: From the Ottoman Empire to the European Union 371 13 Ottoman Rule and the War of Independence 373 14 Spoken Greek in the Ottoman Period 379 15 Written Greek in the Turkish Period 413 16 The History of the Modern Greek State 428 17 The Language Question and its Resolution 438 Bibliography 471 Index 493