Excerpt from The Sounds and Inflections of the Greek Dialects: Ionic
The present work attempts to combine the two methods by which dialectal phenomena may be studied - the philological and the linguistic. Primary importance has been attached to the point of view of Philology,... which seeks, among other things, to determine on the basis of tradition the forms proper to the dialect of each author, the place occupied by him in the history of the development of the dialect, the interrelation of the various connected styles of literary composition, and the connection between the language of artistic construction and the language of the public and private documents preserved in the inscriptions. So far as Ionic is concerned, these matters have been discussed brie¿y in the Introduction, but the conclusions there presented can be fully understood only by comparison with the detailed investigation that follows. I have deferred to another occasion a sketch of ancient dialectology a discussion of the inter relation of the chief canton a1 idioms, and an examination of the principles that govern their appearance in a literature permeated to a remarkable degree by artistic consciousness.
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