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Greek is the official language of the country of Greece, whose official name is the Hellenic Republic. It is also one of the official languages of the European Union and the island country of Cyprus. There are roughly 13 million people throughout the world who speak the Greek language, with over 10 million in Greece itself. There are also a few million people in other countries who speak Greek as their first language, including Turkey, Albania, Canada, and the United States. Greece shares borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. Greece’s eastern coastline is along the Aegean Sea, its western coastline stretches along the Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea warms Greece’s southern reaches. The country includes an enormous number of islands (nearly 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited) including Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Ionian Islands.
Greek is part of the Indo-European family of languages. Modern Greek is a descendant of ancient Koine Greek, which was the language in which the New Testament of the Christian Bible was first written. By the 16th century B.C., Greek speakers, most likely invaders from the Balkans, were colonizing the Greek peninsula. Ancient Greek included many dialects such as Aeolic, Arcadian, Doric, Cyprian, and Ionic.
Athens grew to become the political and cultural focus of Greek civilization, and the Ionic dialect of Athens, Attic Greek, became the forebear of a common dialect that we know as Koiné (common). Koiné was understood throughout the Greek-speaking world. Modern Greek is a derivative of Koiné, and it became the official language of the kingdom of Greece in the 19th century. For a period of time a diglossia existed, with Demotic Greek being used for creative literature and common speech. The Katharevousa version of Greek was the authoritative voice of the armed forces, law, medicine schools, newspapers, and broadcast media. It wasn’t until 1976 A.D. that Demotic (Modern Greek) was declared the official language of the country.
More about Greek:
- Information on Greece and Greek
- The History of Greece
- The History of the Greek Language
- Differences between Greek and English