Researches in Greece and Albania: The Languages and Dialects of a Balkan Region by William Martin LeakeResearches in Greece and Albania: The Languages and Dialects of a Balkan Region by William Martin Leake

Researches in Greece and Albania: The Languages and Dialects of a Balkan Region

byWilliam Martin LeakeIntroduction byRobert Elsie

Hardcover | December 30, 2018

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Regarded by Lord Byron as the best informed Englishman of his time about Greece and Albania, William Leake’s insights into the region remain fresh and relevant today. First published in 1814, Researches in Greece and Albania is a classic survey of the languages spoken in Greece and the southern Balkans in the 19th century - Greek, Albanian, Wallachian (also known as Aromanian, Vlach and Koutzovlach) and Bulgarian - and their literatures. It is a seminal book for anyone interested in language and also sheds fascinating light on the culture and society of Greece and Albania in this period.

While Ancient and Byzantine Greek had left their mark on European scholarship for centuries, until the publication of Leake’s book very little was known in the English-speaking world about the vernacular languages actually spoken in the region. Leake was the first to give serious study to contemporary spoken Greek and his examination of the other languages of the region was equally ground-breaking. This important work offers impressively thorough summaries of the grammar and literatures of these languages and the pioneering linguist makes a wonderful guide to Greece and Albania in this period.

Wiliam Martin Leake (1777-1860) was a topographer and antiquarian whose survey of Albania and the Peloponnese after his arrival there as a captain in the British army established him as an expert in the region. He was the author of ten book and numerous articles about the region including Travels in Northern Greece, Topography of Athe...
Title:Researches in Greece and Albania: The Languages and Dialects of a Balkan RegionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.11 inPublished:December 30, 2018Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

* Preface * Part One * GREEK * Section 1 * Of the modern Greek dialects: present power of the Greek letters - accents - number, case and gender - articles - declensions of substantives - diminutives - adjectives - pronouns - verbs - adverbs - conjunctions, etc. - prepositions - derivatives and compound words – orthography * Section 2 * Observation on the dialect and the literature of the modern Greeks - Catalogue of modern authors and their works * Section 3 * Specimens of Romaic composition in verse: metre - Erotocritus - Erophile - Stoechomachia - Voskopúla - Cleanthes and Abrocome - Russ-Anglo-Gaul -Anacreontics - Songs. Prose compositions: Geôgrafia neoterikê - preface to Korai’s Beccaria * Section 4 * Of the Tzakonic dialect * Section 5 * Remarks upon the pronunciation of the modern Greeks - as to the letters of the alphabet - as to accent - general observations upon their education - literature, etc. * Part Two * ALBANIAN * Section 1 * Of the Albanian language: preliminary observations: outline of Albanian history - geographical divisions of the country * Section 2            * Sounds of the Albanian language - sketch of the grammar – vocabulary * Part Three * WALLACHIAN AND BULGARIAN * Of the Wallachian and Bulgarian languages: historical remarks upon the Wallachians - and Bulgarians - Pentagloss exercise in English, Romaic, Albanian, Wallachian, and Bulgarian * Appendix I * Appendix II * Modern Greek proverbs * Index of proper names * Corrections and additions *