Dodecanese Greek

Glottocode: dode1238

The Southeast Greek islands have a couple of common linguistic features. As most of them belong to the Dodecanese archipelago, we call this dialect Dodecanese or Southeast Greek, even if some of the islands do not belong to the archipelago. The varieties spoken on the Dodecanese islands (Agathonisi, Astypalaia, Chalki, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo. Kos, Leipsoi, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, and Tilos) have many similarities with the islands of Chios and Ikaria so that we treat them here as one group. Especially in Rhodes, there is some written dialectal evidence (mainly poems) since the 14th century. Although showing certain common trends, the Dodecanese idioms are characterized by the huge variety and often differentiation from island to island or even between different regions of the same island (especially Rhodes and Karpathos). Dodecanese Greek shows remarkable similarities with the Cypriot and Cretan dialects, as well as with other idioms of nearby islands and some of the Cyclades. At this point, the field recordings by Thede Kahl and Sotirios Rousiakis (2016-2023) from Rhodes, Karpathos, Symi, and Ikaria will be successively presented and published.

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