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Grammars of Modern Greek

Postby Louis L Sorenson » April 8th, 2012, 9:44 pm

I know there are several books which compare Ancient Greek with modern like Jannaris' Historical Grammar. But for modern Greek (including demotic) there is Greek: A Comprehensive Grammar of the Modern Language (Comprehensive Grammars) by David Holton and Vassilios Spyropoulos (Paperback - Mar 15, 2012) http://www.amazon.com/Greek-Comprehensive-Grammar-Language-Grammars/dp/041559202X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1333935532&sr=8-3. It's a very thorough modern grammar.

But I just picked up Essential Modern Greek Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar) by Douglas Q. Adams (Paperback - Sep 1, 1987) http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Modern-Grammar-Language-Guides/dp/0486251330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333935623&sr=8-1. Essential Modern Greek Grammar is just what is needed for a student of Koine to get a quick look at modern Greek. The languages look very similar, once you know that a lot of beginning vowels have fallen away. This book is 90 pages long. Super cheap, and should be read by those who want to have a grasp of the difference between modern Greek and Koine.
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Re: Grammars of Modern Greek

Postby MAubrey » April 8th, 2012, 10:40 pm

I have the first edition of Holton et al.'s grammar. It's quite good. I disagree with their analysis on some points, but its a very useful reference work.
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Re: Grammars of Modern Greek

Postby crishjohanna » July 16th, 2012, 11:56 am

Hello,

Do you have the book in electronic format?
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Grammars of Modern Greek

Postby Louis L Sorenson » July 6th, 2013, 11:21 am

You can get the 2nd edition of Greek: A Comprehensive Grammar of the Modern Language on Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Greek-Comprehensive-Grammar-Language-Grammars/dp/041559202X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373117084&sr=8-1&keywords=greek%3A+a+comprehensive+grammar. This book has even been translated from English into modern Greek. If you read the introduction online (you can preview the 1st chapter in Kindle format online, along with the introduction), you will get a list of the other grammars of Modern Greek.

Greek: An Essential Grammar of the Modern Language (A smaller rework of the above book, but not the same, and not merely an abridgement) can be found on Kindle at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Greek-Essential-Grammar-Language-Grammars/dp/0415232104/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373123818&sr=1-3&keywords=greek%3A+an+essential+grammar

An Historical Greek Grammar Chiefly of the Attic Language
by Antonius Nicholas Jannaris (1887) can be found on Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=QrwUAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Jannaris&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UzbYUeCjKYWyygGAyoGQBA&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA. This is the best classical to modern comparative grammar of which I am aware.

There is also the New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin by Andrew L. Sihler, 2008. It is also in Kindle format. http://www.amazon.com/New-Comparative-Grammar-Greek-Latin/dp/0195373367
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