Insular Doric
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Insular Doric refers to the variant of Doric spoken on the southeastern islands of the Aegean Sea.  

The Doric spoken on the southeastern Aegean islands is normally referred to as Insular Doric. This Doric variety includes the epichoric dialects of Rhodes (Rhodian), Crete (Cretan), Thera, Cos, Melos as well as of some other minor islands ( Calymnos, Cimolos, Pholegandros, Sicinos, Anaphe, Astypalaea, Nisyros, Casos and Carpathos, among others).

The epigraphic material (Epigraphy) found on these islands is of uneven q…

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Enrique Nieto, “Insular Doric”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 17 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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