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A variety of Greek spoken once in Turkey that has not garnered the attention that other such varieties have, namely the Greek of Adrianoupolis, present-day Edirne, is the focus of this chapter, drawing on the rather remarkable lexicon produced by the French Orientalist Ronzevalle in 1911 (published in Journal Asiatique) as the primary source. The temporal focus is the Ottoman period, particularly late in that era, a time when Greek was the language of over a quarter of the city’s population. Ottoman-era Adrianoupolis Greek is a northern dialect but is noteworthy in the degree of influence it shows from its co-territorial language, Turkish. While at first glance, the effects seem to be purely lexical, a more careful consideration of the affected lexemes reveals a deep degree of contact, with words being borrowed that are in classes generally resistant to transfer across languages, such as pronouns and grammatical markers. The degree of penetration of Turkish into the lexicon of this variety is particularly striking and offers a means of reconstructing the nature of Greek-Turkish contact in that period in that place.

In: The Morphology of Asia Minor Greek
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In: Copies versus Cognates in Bound Morphology
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In: Journal of Greek Linguistics