Grammar of medieval and early-modern Greek subject of major study

A major multi-year study, five years underway, seeks to provide the first detailed grammar of the 3400-year-old Greek language as it evolved from 1100 to 1700 CE.

Although many scholars have analyzed and documented the grammatical structure of Greek in its Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods, the period from 1100 to 1700 CE, in which the language was transformed from its ancient grammar into the beginnings of modern Greek, has never been fully documented by linguists. The current study, led by Professor David Holton of Cambridge University, seeks to change that by compiling a comprehensive Greek grammar of that period.

The linguists are fortunate to have many available texts from the period of interest, and they are using modern tools such as databases to carefully catalog available samples. The study spans the geographic area from Italy to the Black Sea.

When completed, the Grammar will be published by Cambridge University Press.