Language Change
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Language change occurs along at least four dimensions of variation: diachronic, diatopic, diastratic and diaphasic. Language change over time is studied by historical linguistics, aiming at the reconstruction of the ancestral proto-language. In the case of the Indo-European language family,Greek has an important …

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Anna Pompei, “Language Change”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2014

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