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Code-mixing is a phenomenon whereby elements belonging to different language systems or sub-systems of the same language are included in a single utterance. Code-mixing appears largely independent of speaker intent and is caused by the difficulty of keeping separate two language systems; it is not motivated by any evident communicative function. Ancient Greek texts evidence cases of code-mixing which are due to contact among various dialects and between the Koine and dialects.

Code-mixing (CM), which is also referred…

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Carlo Consani, “Code-Mixing”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 25 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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