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At 21:13 6.4.2004 -0400, Paul Bennett wrote:

>All this has re-awakened an old dormant project bubbling away in the back
>of my brain.
>
>What if Latin hadn't risen as the language of the Roman Empire, and Greek
>had been the status-lect and the ordinary-lect up until the end of
>Latin-as-a-living-language? How would the Romance languages have turned
>out, assuming similar phonetic and semantic drift took place as "here"?

Actually Italiote Greek did go through much the same
sound changes as the Romance dialects of southern Italy
and Sicily, including the rather odd change [ll] > [d`d`]!

>I don't have a Classical Greek lexicon to hand, nor a comprehensive
>treatment of the sound changes, otherwise I'd rustle up a few examples.
>
>Any takers?

I have been playing around with Italiote Greek becoming the dominant
language in southern Italy and Sicily in my Lucus ATL.  It occurs
to me that a Greek dialect on the Riviera may fit the picture too.

IIRC the Perseus Project has a Greek lexicon online.
They use their own strange encoding though.




/BP 8^)
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