Greek is one of the oldest recorded languages in the Western world. Having a Greek voice over can take you back to the origins of Western civilization, history and philosophy.
Spoken Greek language has quite a number of dialects which can only be distinguished by the most initiated native speakers. It is certainly one of the more poetic languages, tied to its rich history and its very specific written script. Having a Greek voice over brings forward all the spoken qualities of this language that is often tied to poetry and song lyrics.
Greek language belongs to the category of Indo-European languages and its history spans over 34 centuries! Its development spans a number of phases to bring it to its current modern form. As explained by one of the experts, The earliest form of the language is called 'Linear B' (13th century B.C.). The form of Greek used by writers from Homer (8th century B.C.) through Plato (4th century B.C.) is called 'Classical Greek.' It was a marvelous form of the language, capable of exact expression and subtle nuances. Its alphabet was derived from the Phoenician’s as was that of Hebrew. Modern Greek, generally referred to by speakers simply as Greek, refers collectively to the dialects of the Greek language spoken in the modern era, including the official standardized form of the languages sometimes referred to as Standard Modern Greek.
Greek is spoken mainly in Greece and Cyprus, and also in Australia, Albania, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania and Hungary. It is an official language in Greece and Cyprus, and is recognised as a minority language Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Recent numbers say that there are about 13.1 million speakers of Greek worldwide, including 10.7 million in Greece, 1.1 million in Cyprus, and 15,200 in Albania. There were about 238,000 Greek speakers in Australia in 2016, and in 1987 there were about 20,000 Greek speakers in Italy.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, with the establishment of the new Greek state in 1830, the Peloponnesian dialect was adopted as the oral language, and this developed into the Demotic variety. In 1976, when Demotic was declared the official language of Greece. Demotic Greek comprises various regional varieties with minor linguistic differences, mainly in phonology and vocabulary. Due to the high degree of mutual intelligibility of these varieties, Greek linguists refer to them as 'idioms' of a wider 'Demotic dialect', known as 'Koine Modern Greek' (Koine Neoellinike - 'common Neo-Hellenic').
Demotic Greek varieties are divided into two main groups, Northern and Southern. The main distinguishing feature common to Northern variants is a set of standard phonological shifts in unaccented vowel phonemes: [o] becomes [u], [e] becomes [i], and [i] and [u] are dropped. The dropped vowels' existence is implicit, and may affect surrounding phonemes: for example, a dropped [i] palatalizes preceding consonants, just like an [i] that is pronounced. Southern variants do not exhibit these phonological shifts.
The use ove Greek voice over are often connected to recreating classical Greek plays and readings of the works of classical greek philosophers, particularly Plato, whose works were originaly only in oral form.
Sunny Greece and Cyprus bask in the beauty of the Greek language, but there are millions of people all over the world who call Greek their mother tongue. Expatriate Greeks ensure that their children never lose touch with their language and cultural roots. This loyalty to their language ensures a loyal following for material with a voice over in Modern Greek.
Greek is recognised as an important language in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the Ukraine to name but a few. That’s a big audience. They’re waiting for your message in the language they love best. Get a Greek voice over for your material and win their hearts!
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