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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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Marilena KARYOLEMOU: Cypriot Greek as a non dominant variety of Greek


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 167-186. Marilena KARYOLEMOU (University of Cyprus, Cyprus) Cypriot Greek as a non dominant variety of Greek Abstract In this paper, I present the current sociolinguistic situation of the Cypriot Greek variety spoken in Cyprus. I briefly describe the position of Cypriot Greek within the Hellenic speaking world; I subsequently present recent developments in the area of language policy and planning as regards Cypriot Greek; I finally discuss its status as a non- dominant variety of Greek. As a corollary, I also briefly comment on the status of Greek as a pluricentric language. 1. Introduction This paper is about the Greek variety spoken on the island of Cyprus. Cypriot Greek is considered as a member of the group of north-eastern dialects of Greek. Several other classifications have also been proposed for Cypriot Greek: according to Contossopoulos (1980a), for instance, if we consider the Greek state as the core area of the Hellenic speaking world, Cypriot Greek could be regarded as a geographically peripheral variety, together with Apulian and Calabrese Greek or the Greek varieties of the Black Sea; it can also be classified as a dialect of “inda” (“inda” being the word for “what” (instead of “ti” in standard Greek and in other northern Greek dialects), a classification inspired by the traditional distinction for French between “langue d’oc” and “langue d’oil” (Contossopoulos 1980b). This...

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