Talk:Greek language

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Perhaps something on Ancient Greek prior to the New Testament might improve this article. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Oldoligarch (talk)

Greek at 8th century B.C. is the earliest literary language? How about Hebrew? Perhaps a definition of literary language (and an explanation of why that is the earliest) would be a needed addition. I also put back in information that was removed on moods and voices without comment. If it's in error please remove it with a comment in the talk as to why it is being removed, but if it was accurate, then it appeared to have a place in the article. Learn together 11:32, 30 May 2007 (EDT)

Ancient Greek is closer to modern Greek than Old English is to modern English. I think it's more like Latin and Italian. The following comment is peculiar: "'common' Greek, the sort of Greek that can be compared to well-spoken illegal immigrants from Central American in the United States. Accented, using slang, etc." It's possible that legal immigrants from Europe, Asia, and Africa also speak English with an accent. I think koine was more of a simplified standard language than slang. Ancient Greek and Latin are both Indo-European languages and share many cognates and grammatical categories. Ancient Greek also shares many grammatical features and vocabulary with Sanskrit and is closer to Sanskrit than it is to Latin. Ancient Greek also has an imperative mood. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Oldoligarch (talk)

Earliest literary language still in common use. I think Chinese could contend for that title too.Luojie 10:15, 29 September 2007 (EDT)