The Legacy of the Greek Language, compiled and edited by Professor George Kanarakis, Charles Sturt University, Australia, is a collective volume of thirty-six specialised studies by thirty-five noted scholars. Derived from primary research, this volume evidences the unique contribution made by Greek from antiquity to the present, initially to the languages of Europe and then to other languages of the world, as well as to the cultures of their peoples.
To gauge the scale of the legacy of Greek, thirty languages are examined which extend geographically and culturally beyond Europe. Similar studies of some of these languages, including Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Swahili, have not been undertaken until now.
Combining theory and practice, this well-documented collective work is intended not only for experts in the theoretical and applied linguistic sciences and for educators in second or foreign language teaching and learning, but also for readers interested in the Greek language and its global presence.
The Legacy of the Greek Language guides us to a journey across the world, expanding our knowledge and appreciation of the wealth and contribution of the Greek language. At the same time it enhances our understanding of interlanguage contact and its impact within the multicultural reality of our times.
Publisher: Peridot International Publications
Imprint: Peridot International Publications
Pub Date: January 2017
Page Extent: 796
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George KANARAKIS is Professor (Adjunct) at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He received an MA in Applied Linguistics from Indiana University as a Fulbright scholar and a doctorate in Contrastive Linguistics, University of Athens. Coordinator of the English Department, University of Athens (1966-1976), he has taught at tertiary institutions in Greece, the USA and Australia. He has edited collective works and contributed chapters to books and articles to international journals. Ηis books include Greek Voices in Australia: A Tradition of Prose, Poetry and Drama (1991), endorsed by the Australian Bicentennial Authority (1988), In the Wake of Odysseus: Portraits of Greek Settlers in Australia (1997), The Greek Press in the Antipodes (2000), Interlanguage Influences on English and the Contribution of the Greek Language (2008) and The Diachronic Contribution of Greek to Other Languages (editor, 2015) [the last three in Greek]. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Charles Sturt University in 1999 and the Medal of the Order of Australia by the Australian Commonwealth in 2002.