The current research proposal constitutes the first attempt at a comprehensive comparative linguistic study of the Asia Minor Greek dialects. Its primary aim is to provide the first complete comparative study of the three dialects, a work which have long been neglected both in Greek and international linguistics. It will also bring new perspective to language change and variation studies, which are of particular interest for both dialectology and contact linguistics. Unquestionably, the Asia Minor Greek dialects make up a unique case for these scientific fields in that, even though genetically of the same origin, they have so dramatically diverged from one another, partly under the influence of the same dominant language, Turkish, that synchronically they constitute different dialects. It should be noted that Greek and Turkish belong to different language families (Indo-European vs. Altaic) and different typological groups (fusional vs. agglutinative). Moreover, although research on dialectal change and language contact has been blooming in recent years, mainly with data and findings from Germanic and Romance languages, (e.g. Τhomason 2001, Anderwald & Kortmann 2002, Stolz et al. 2008, Matras 2009), there is minimal interest in the Greek dialects of Asia Minor, with the exception of the passing mention of Cappadocian in Thomason & Kaufman (1988), Thomason (2001) and a number of recent studies (see above). To this effect, an exhaustive analysis, such as the one proposed in this research, would be the first to aim at understanding the nature and mechanisms of language change within the domain of dialectal variation and language contact conjointly.

  Furthermore, the current research proposal constitutes the first attempt in Greece to bring together informatics, information technology (IT) and theoretical linguistics, for the scientific presentation of Greek dialectal data to the academia, under the form of a multimedia corpus and an e-dictionary. As expected, a number of linguistic studies in Greece have already focused on dialectal data collection and analysis. However, none, at least until the current research proposal, have attempted to present both the raw and processed dialectal material on digital space, with the use of the most up-to-date software programs.