[b-hebrew] What language?

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Sat Apr 14 16:39:46 EDT 2007

On 14/04/2007 21:22, Yohanan bin-Dawidh wrote:
> Dear Harold,
> Note that this cited text from Wikipedia refers to Koine Greek as
> Alexandrian, Hellenistic, Common or New Testament, and states that it is the
> Greek dialect that arose within the Meditteranean, i.e. mainly Semitic
> lands, where Semitic language was spoken, and thus a dialect of
> Greek/Semitic language arose. This reminds of the perversions of Yiddish and
> Ladino that my people speak, which are dialects of Hebrew mixed with other
> languages.  It is likewise reported that Koine while taking from Semitic
> languages also carries Latin variants within. Basically, it is trash talk,
> as testified to by those who spokeAttic Greek.
Yohanan, do you actually know any Koine Greek? Can you read it? Do you 
know what proportion of Semitic, or Latin, words are found in typical 
texts? Do you really have any evidence to suggest that it is a mixed 
language of the time you claim? It was indeed a mixture of Greek 
dialects, but not of Greek and Semitic, except for a rather small number 
of Semitic loan words. Yes, the intellectual snobs who still tried to 
speak Attic, rather like some people today who claim to speak 
Shakespearean English but don't, looked down on the common people who 
spoke a less literary dialect.

Peter Kirk
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