Fostering Multiliteracy in the Diverse Classroom
Greek (ελληνικÞ γλþσσα IPA: [eliniˈci ˈɣlosa] or ελληνικÜ IPA: [eliniˈka] — "Hellenic") is an Indo-European language with a documented history of 3,500 years, the longest of any single language in that language family. It is also one of the earliest attested Indo-European languages, with fragmentary records in Mycenaean dating back to the 15th or 14th century BC, matched only by the Anatolian languages and Vedic Sanskrit. Today, it is spoken by approximately 15–20 million people in Greece, Cyprus, and emigrant communities around the world, including Australia, Albania, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Italy, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania, and Egypt.
Greek has been written in the Greek alphabet (the first to introduce vowels) since the 9th century BC in Greece (before that in Linear B), and the 4th century BC in Cyprus (before that in Cypriot syllabary). Greek literature has a continuous history of nearly three thousand years.
Methods of teaching small children how to read and write the Greek language have changed substantially over the last 50 years, but the beautiful alphabet books, used as teaching aids in the 1930s and 1940s, continue to fascinate modern generations. This facsimile reprint presents one of these jewel-like books, first published in Athens in 1938 and recently obtained by the Gennadius Library through the generosity of Lloyd E. Cotsen.
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