Diglossia and register variation in Medieval Greek

Published in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Vol. 32 No. 2 (2008) 203–217
The journal is available online at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney

This article recognizes diglossia as a key phenomenon for the interpretation of the existence of different registers in the late Byzantine period (twelfth-fifteenth centuries). The main characteristics of Byzantine diglossia are outlined and associated with language production during this period. Learned and vernacular registers are approached as extreme poles of a linguistic continuum and linguistic variation as a defining characteristic of a diglossic speech community.


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