Monday, October 13, 2008

Word of the Day

koine\koy-NAY\n. 1. capitalized: the Greek language commonly spoken and written in eastern Mediterranean countries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. 2: a dialect or language of a region that has become the common or standard language of a larger area.

Example Sentence: Koines enevitably developed in the early British colonies as different dialects converged.

Did you know? Koine, which means "common" or "shared" in Greek, was the language spoken in the eastern Mediterranean countries from the 4th century B.C. until the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian (mid-6th century A.D.). In linguistics, the word "koine" is applied to a language developed from contact between dialects of the same language over a large region. Basically a koine adopts those grammatical and lexical elements from the dialets of the region that are easily recognized by most area speakers and dispenses with those that are not.

My use: We have evolved from speaking adult english at our house to koine toddler-ese. Words such as "strange" cheese (string cheese) and "coldee" (cold) are common words at our house.

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