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15 November 2005 at 9:34am | IP Logged 
Greek is spoken in Greece,Cyprus,Southern Albania and in some zones of Calabria(Bova,Roghudi,Galliciaṇ)and Apulia(Sternatia,Soleto,Castrignano dei Greci,Melpignano and other 5 towns),but once it has spoken in all Calabria and Apulia.But the Greek language spoken there is different.It is considered a Modern Greek dialect,but some linguists considere it a separate language.Many well-educated people in Reggio Calabria wants saving this language.In Calabria the language is called Grecanic or Calabrian Greek while in Apulia is Griko.Calabrian Greek is only spoken by 2000 people and Griko by 10000 people.In fact they aren't the same language,but they're intelligible each other.Most of speakers are over 50.Young people don't speak it,so it risks to disappear.Modern Greek isn't spoken,but many people study it.

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15 November 2005 at 12:29pm | IP Logged 
Giuseppe, is it a language spoken by descendants of Greek settlors at the time of the Great Greece?
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15 November 2005 at 1:53pm | IP Logged 
It's a mystery.Some linguists say it is an evolution of Ancient Greek but others say it derived bt Byzantine Greek.Many Greeks,after the Ottoman conquest,came to Calabria.I have learned it in 3 months...I'm one of the last young speakers of Calabrian Greek.
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15 November 2005 at 1:56pm | IP Logged 
I'm a member of a Calabrian Greek association in Bova.
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15 November 2005 at 2:01pm | IP Logged 
Giuseppe, what tasks can you achieve in Calabrian Greek? Can you read books or conduct basic conversations? Is the language written or purely oral? Can you understand or read some modern Greek from your knowledge of Calabrian Greek? Is there any support from the Greek government for your dialect?
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If you look my profile,you will see my languages...
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16 November 2005 at 1:23am | IP Logged 
In Calabrian Greek are written a lot of poetries.The best Calabrian Greek poet is Bruno Casile.Calabrian Greek is written in Latin alphabet.Greek alphabet is few used...Greek government support us.In Italy Calabrian Greek is considered minority language,but young people are forgetting it because they considere the language with no usefulness.
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16 November 2005 at 10:29am | IP Logged 
Beh,if someone speaks Calabrian Greek,can easily learn it ...but Calabrian Greek and Modern Greek are different,above all in vocabulary.A Greek doesn't understand it.


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