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The Greek language is the oldest in Europe; it has existed for 4000 years and is categorized under the Indo-European language family even though it is located on its own branch. Linguistics works off of the idea that Greek is related to the ancient Macedonian language, but also Albanian and Armenian are languages that could possibly be related to Greek. Greek is the official language of Greece and Cyprus, which are the only two countries in which it is spoken as a native tongue. For modern Europe, the Greek language is of great significance, as literature, philosophy, and science all began with Greek and many European languages contain loanwords from it. Even today, international scientific and technical vocabulary is borrowed from the Greek language. If you are in need of professional translations into or from Greek, we are happy to be there for you. Our native speaking translators translate your documents with speed and accuracy! We not only put emphasis on knowing the target and source languages, but also on the relevant subject area. This is how we can offer you high quality translations in many different subject areas including medicine, technology, marketing, sciences, and many more. Just talk with our experienced project managers. You can reach us by phone and by email.

Historical background of the Greek language

The field of linguistics assumes that Greek was influenced by another, unknown Indo-European language that was very similar to the Illyrian language, but is no longer in existence. In about 800 BC, the Greeks adopted the Phoenician writing system and modified it by introducing vowel signs. After Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans, who was tolerant of the Greek language, the first Greek newspaper was written and it became the language of the church. In the years 1829-1830, "Katharevousa" was the official language, which was based on classic Attic Greek. After problems with educational policy, the vernacular Demotic Greek became the final language of the federal government as well as in science.

Ancient Greek

The Greek language was spoken from 800 BC to 600 BC in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Ancient Greek is divided into four dialects: Ionic, Aeolic, Doric and Attic, the last of which has prevailed particularly in literary works and was used by Plato. This ancient Greek dialect is taught in schools and, along with Latin, is considered to be an important language in education: many universities require having passed the “Graecum” for some subject areas.

The Greek script

Before the now common Greek script was implemented, there was the Linear B script in Mycenaean Greek. After the fall of the Mycenaean civilization, this script was never recorded again. In the Hellenistic period, accents and symbols for aspirated consonants were introduced into the language of the Greeks, which were then abolished, however, at the end of the twentieth century. The accents were replaced with a character that designates the stressed syllable. The Latin and Cyrillic alphabets were only able to arise on the basis of the Greek alphabet. Even the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language and script.

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