[B-Greek] Teaching languages alive in the classroom
klriley at alphalink.com.au
Wed Feb 6 00:23:57 EST 2008
I think we may be fooling ourselves if we think diglossia is a new situation
in Greek. 'Atticising' - or whatever we want to call the practice of
maintaining past forms because of some perceived deficiency of present
contemporary forms - started before the NT was written. I would not be
surprised if we find some of the variants in Homer are due to exactly the
same process. I am not sure that such a wide-spread phenomenon should be
From: Hugh Donohoe Jr.
Date: 6/02/2008 3:00:56 AM
The irony is: Modern Greek has its own artificial
Issues because of the Atticizing of the Katharvousa.
Of course Modern Greeks work comfortably between the
Demotic and the Katharevousa. I guess learning a
Modern language which is sufficiently artificial will
Help you avoid artificiality in making Koine alive?
I'm being a little facetious, but the truth is usually
More peculiar than we realize.
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