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Symbiosis Suspectus: Palasa in Himara, Albania

From the book Between Separation and Symbiosis

  • Andrey N. Sobolev


This chapter1 advances the hypothesis that a Greek-Albanian symbiotic society once existed in the Himara krajina of South Albania where Greek and Albanian languages and cultures were engaged in a complementary relationship. Data derived from a lexicon and spontaneous narratives in a previously undescribed Greek dialect of the Palasa village are presented that reveal a typologically rare and underexamined form of non-dominant bilingualism with features that include a balanced and complementary functional distribution of Greek and Albanian, code switching, and language hybridization.

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