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Language and National Identity in Greece, 1766-1976

Peter Mackridge


This book provides a history of the great language controversy that has occupied and impassioned Greeks — sometimes with fatal results — for over two hundred years. It begins in the late 18th century when a group of Greek intellectuals sought to develop a new, Hellenic, national identity alongside the traditional identity supplied by Orthodox Christianity. The ensuing controversy focused on the language, fuelled by a desire to develop a form of Greek that expressed the Greeks' relationship to the ancients, and by the different groups'contrasting notions of what the national image so embodied s ... More

Keywords: diglossia, modern Greek language, Greek language controversy, Greek language question, language attitudes, language ideologies, language planning, language and nationalism, sociolinguistics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199214426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mackridge, author
Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek, Oxford