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The Ophitic Pontic Dialect: a linguistic description, with special reference to  diachronic and synchronic aspects

Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean

2009

Ophitic Pontic (OP) is a Greek dialect of the Pontic group which is currently spoken in a few isolated pockets in Νorthern Greece by Pontian Greeks who originate from the Of area, and also in about thirty villages in the provinces of Of and Caykara in Turkey. The present study constitutes a structured documentation of OP based on the outcomes of: (a) archive research at the Taylor, Bodleian, Slavonic & Modern Greek Libraries of Oxford, the Research Centre for Modern Greek Dialects of the Academy of Athens and other specialized libraries in Greece and abroad, and (b) a fieldtrip in the village of Nea Trapezounta (prefecture of Pieria), which is predominantly inhabited by Of and their descendants.

This study presents the basic typological characteristics of OP at all grammatical levels (phonology, morphology and syntax) as these are revealed from the comparative study of the few existing published and unpublished grammatical descriptions of the dialect in question, as well as systematic study of written OP documents such as work logs, sayings, folk stories and narratives, recipes etc. Supplementing the archival and textual research are the findings of research on the spoken material collected during the fieldwork trip in the village of Nea Trapezounta.

This study also provides (a) some representative OP texts drawn from various sources and (b) detailed tables with annotated data and detailed grammatical commentaries. The ultimate goal of the present study is to constitute the basis for the construction of a comprehensive grammar of OP.

Final report (in Greek)

PHOTO GALLERY

Coordinator:

Anthi Revythiadou, Assistant Professor, Department of Mediterranean Studies,
University of the Aegean

Project's Team:

Vasileios Spyropoulos, Lecturer, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the
Aegean

Konstantinos Kakarikos, Doctoral Student, Department of Philology, National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens

Eleni-Klelia Haimeli, Post-doctoral Student, Department of Philology, National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens

Sevasti Louizou, Undergraduate Student, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University
of the Aegean

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