The aim of the project is to provide a systematic study of Pontic, Cappadocian and Aivaliot, which are in danger of extinction. On the basis of previous work and the latest advances in theoretical and historical linguistics, dialectology and language contact, the project proposes to compare the dialects in order to reveal their similarities and differences on a synchronic basis, map their diachronic evolution and differentiation, and identify the significance of their most important features with respect to the other Modern Greek dialects. It also aims to offer a well-argumented analysis of specific phenomena which will refine our understanding of how typologically different languages may affect each other, since the dialects are of fusional origin (Greek) but have been affected by the agglutinative Turkish.
The research will discover and collect primary and secondary sources that will form the ground for future studies on Asia Minor Greek,
taking into account sociolinguistic and historical parameters. A wide range of oral and written material will be archived and organized in a digital database.
New data will be recorded on the basis of ethno-linguistic methods, while digitization of previous recordings will also take place.
A substantial part of the raw material will be transcribed and annotated with the use of the most up-to-date software.
Written material will be digitized, and a selected section of it will be transcribed, according to strict quality criteria (dating, provenance, reliability).
A PhD dissertation, a number of scholarly papers and a volume on Asia Minor Greek will be produced. An e-dictionary will also be compiled and will be made accessible
via internet on a specified URL. It will contain approximately 2500 comparative lemmas from the three Asia Minor dialects.
Its dynamic macrostructure will allow users to apply multiple query criteria on the search engine, while at the microstructure level,
a combination of text, audio, images and video will be provided.