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1337Cretan dialect  
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  • The Cretan Greek is normally considered to be merely a dialect of the Greek language that is spoken by the people living in Crete and the many thousands who make up the diaspora. Many dialectologists suggest that in Crete, just like many other islands in Greece, there are only pronunciation differences and different words or expressions compared to standard Greek and that these can vary within the island of Crete itself. Today the Cretan dialect is rarely used in writing. However, Cretan Greeks normally communicate with each other in speech using this dialect. Cretan does not differ greatly from other Greek dialects or from Standard Greek, leading to a fairly high level of mutual intelligibility. It was believed that Cretan could have become the basis of Modern Standard Greek, given its flourishing history and achievements. According to them, this process was interrupted by the Ottoman conquest in 1669.
SOURCE
  • Chambers & Trudgill 2011
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Katsiadakis Helen (AA)
CREATOR
  • Karasimos Athanasios (AA)
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