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Within the framework of our series "We Speak Greek in March", which aims at stimulating the Greek dialects, in this episode we are examining the Cypriot Greek dialect. It is the variety of Modern Greek that is spoken by the majority of the Cypriot populace and Greek Cypriot diaspora.
It is a markedly divergent variety as it differs from Standard Modern Greek in its lexicon, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and even pragmatics, not only for historical reasons, but also because of geographical isolation, different settlement patterns, and extensive contact with typologically distinct languages.
Professor George Georgiou talks to Nicki Karakatsani