Two introductory sources can be recommended to all readers: for a readable overview of the history of the Greek language, Brian D. Joseph’s survey published in The World’s Major Languages is available here. For an introduction to the study of Modern Greek in general, especially for classical philologists, maybe none is better than that of Nicholas Bachtin; this difficult to find volume is linked as a pdf below; other contributions from Brian D. Joseph are listed further below.

Bachtin, Nicholas. 1935. Introduction to the study of modern Greek. Cambridge, Eng., Printed at the Press of F. Juckes, Birmingham

Bentein, Klaas. 2014. Tense and aspect from Hellenistic to early Byzantine Greek, Encyclopedia of ancient Greek language and linguistics. 3. p.379-382

Διζικιρίκης Γιάκωβος Σ.    Να ξετουρκέψουμε τη γλώσσα μας. Δοκίμιο για την απαλλαγή της νεοελληνικής από τις λέξεις που έχουνε τούρκικη προέλευση

Fauriel, C. 1824-5 Chants populaires de la Grece moderne, recueillis et publiés, avec une traduction francaise, des eclaircisuements et des notes, par . 2 Tomes. Paris : Chez Firmin Didot : F. Didot Pere Et Fils Et Dondey – Dupré Ovs.

Jannaris, Antonius N. 1987. An historical Greek grammar chiefly of the Attic dialect : as written and spoken from classical antiquity down to the present time. G. Olms, Hildesheim, New York. Introduction


2000 Textual Authenticity: Evidence From Medieval Greek. In S. Herring, P. van Reenen, & L. Schoesler, eds., Textual Parameters in Ancient Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publ. Co. (2000), pp. 309-329. (PDF version)

2000 Joseph, Brian. Early Movement towards Modern Greek. 2000earl-2l4p8pr

2002 On Some Recent Views Concerning the Development of the Greek Future System (with Panayiotis Pappas). Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 26 (2002), 247-273.

2004 Early Modern Greek /b d g/: Evidence from Rebétika and Folk Songs. (with Amalia Arvaniti). Journal of Modern Greek Studies 22, pp. 73-94.

Janse, Mark, & Joseph, Brian. 2014. “A New Historical Grammar of Demotic Greek: Reflections on the Κοινή Ελληνική in the 19th and 20th Centuries as Seen through Thumb’s Handbook of the Modern Greek Vernacular.” CHS Research Bulletin 2, no. 2 (2014).


  1. Morphology and Universals in Syntactic Change: Evidence from Medieval and Modern Greek. Ph.D. Dissertation, Harvard (1978). Printed and distributed by the Indiana University Linguistics Club. Pp. 293 + x. Expanded and updated version published by Garland Publishers (Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series), 1990. Pp. 314 + xviii.
  2. The Synchrony and Diachrony of the Balkan Infinitive: A Study in Areal, General, and Historical Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Supplementary Series, 1983. Pp. 341 + xiv.
  3. Why Greek is one of The World’s Major Languages. Discussion Note. Journal of Greek Linguistics 9.187-194 (2009)Greek Major World Language-2c7gds0

2017.    Language Change and Social History in Greek: 3500 years in 35 minutes.

Λαΐου, Ναταλία. 1999. Τα Νέα ελληνικά για κλασικούς φιλολόγους. Νεφέλη. Αθήνα.

  1. From Ancient Greek to Modern Greek

Mattheoudakis, Marina & Paschalia Patsala.  English-Greek false friends: now they are, now they aren’t.

Word-Formation: An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe; Volume 1 Edited by Peter O. Müller, Ingeborg Ohnheiser, Susan Olsen, and Franz Rainer


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Modern Greek Evidence for the Ancient Greek Vocabulary Hardcover – January, 1979 by G.P. Shipp

Thomson, George Derwent. 1967. A manual of modern Greek. Wellingborough : Collet’s.

Thumb, Albert, 1914. The Value of Modern Greek for the Study of Ancient Greek. Classical Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul., 1914), pp. 181-205.