On Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:54:14 +0100 BPJ <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Interestingly there is evidence that there were some dialects of > modern Greek, one of them that of Athens, where /y/ of whaever origin > merged with /u/ instead of /i/ but apparently they all went extinct > with the influx of eastern Greek refugees early in the 20th century. That's Tsakonian in the Morea, not yet extinct. It's directly descended from Doric. The Old Athenian dialect is a different matter. That died out when Athens replaced Nafplio as the capital and was filled with migrants from the Morea. If I remember correctly, OA was characterised by /k/ > /č/ before front vowels, among other things.