Publication details [#57611]

Rowe, Charley and Kleanthes K. Grohmann. 2013. Discrete bilectalism: towards co-overt prestige and diglossic shift in Cyprus. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2013 (224) : 119–142.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


Arguing that the Greek-speaking Cypriot society can be marked as probably moving towards diaglossia, this paper introduces the notion co-overt prestige and the concept of (discrete) bilectalism to cover the “linguality” of Greek Cypriot speakers, namely bilectal in the local vernacular, the L variety (Cypriot Greek), and the superposed official language, the H variety (Standard Modern Greek), thence rejecting the notion of a continuum bridging the two varieties.