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Open Access Why Greek is one of The World's Major Languages

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Why Greek is one of The World's Major Languages

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The inclusion of Greek in Bernard Comrie's edited volume The World's Major Languages (Croom Helm, 1987; second edition, Routledge, 2008) prompts the question of why Greek was so designated. Two arguments supporting the editor's choice are presented here by way of assessing the place and status of Greek among languages of the world, off ering some thoughts on the notion of "major language", and considering the question of whether Greek constitutes "one language".


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