Greek-Language.com 2020

From time to time it becomes necessary to overhaul a website because technology has advanced or material has become outdated. I have now launched the 2020 rebuild of Greek-Language.com.

While I have proofread the pages, it is very easy to read past one’s own mistakes without seeing them. If you notice a typographical error or other problem on one of the pages, please feel free to point it out. You can do that using the contact form linked in the menu above.

Here is some of what you can expect to see:

  1. A dramatic new look.
    The new brightly colored header loads faster and is more versatile than its darker predecessor.
  2. Updates to the content of every page.
    While the changes to some pages are fairly minor, such as including a discussion of a web resource that was not included last year, or correction of links for resources that have moved, other pages required a more large-scale overhaul.
    1. What used to be the alphabet page, for example, has been replaced by a series of smaller pages, one for each letter. I made this change in August of 2019 and discussed it here in a post on pronunciation of Ancient Greek. Pronunciation examples are now included for Classical, Hellenistic, and Modern Greek.
      For this most recent update I corrected a number of formatting problems to make the pages load more smoothly on a variety of types of devices.
    2. The bibliographies page now includes a bibliography of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and a bibliography of Pragmatics. I also added the Association for Computational Linguistics’ Anthology, a collection of over 50,000 papers on computational linguistics and natural language processing.
    3. The dictionaries page has picked up two Spanish language dictionaries of Ancient Greek as well as adding Kata Biblon, where you can find a wiki dictionary in English for Biblical Greek. I also added Wiktionary.org because it’s ancient Greek coverage has grown significantly this year.
    4. A fair amount has changed for epigraphy on the web this year, and most of the changes to the epigraphy page at Greek-Language.com have consisted of catching up with the new locations of resources already listed there, removing a small amount of material no longer available, and rewriting some of the descriptions of particular resources to more accurately reflect their current state.
    5. A number of fonts that used to be available online have become outdated or the sites where they were housed have deleted them. Revisions to the fonts page consisted of eliminating listings of these outdated items.
    6. Two new forums for people learning Ancient Greek as a living language have developed in recent years, and both have been added to the forums page.
    7. Changes to the history of Greek page are mainly cosmetic.
    8. On the learn Greek page, I have improved coverage of communicative approaches, both for Hellenistic Greek and Classical Greek.
    9. The manuscripts page required a considerable amount of work as resources on the web have moved, some have disappeared, and others have become more restricted. Many images of manuscripts that were available a year ago are no longer available at the same sites.
    10. The world of software for learning and maintaining competence in Ancient Greek is growing rapidly, and I have not been able to review all of the products that have become available this year, so there is much that still needs to be added to the software page, especially software for use on hand-held devices.

I hope you enjoy the new version of the site and find it useful.

What do you think? Other readers and I would love to hear from you.

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