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Minoan Language Crete Dialect

Minoan Language Crete Dialect


Crete, culturally and linguistically is regarded throughout Europe as the cradle of European civilization. The Minoans on Crete, 3,000 years ago was the first European culture to have a written form of their language.

Much like the ancient Egyptian language in its written form, the Minoans developed their own hieroglyphic language. Unlike the Egyptian language of the Pharoahs, Minoan is until this day is still today being deciphered. Only recently are orthologists (language experts) able to decipher the key methodology and construct of the Minoan language.

With communication enhanced through written script, the Minoans were also the first advanced civilization to emerge in Europe producing pottery and metalwork of exceptional beauty, crafted with a high degree of creativity and skill. It is thought by today's historians that the Minoans drew their inspiration from the earlier advanced civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia.


Did You Know Crete Has Many Dialects?


Today, Crete has a number of its own dialects, geographically localized. But modern Greek, the official language of Greece is spoken by everyone in Crete as the lingua franca, as the common tongue. Much of the folklore surrounding the Cretan culture is preserved and propagated through the highly popular Mantinadas that are expressive, from the heart, songs of life and happenings to the people today and of their forefathers. Mantinadas are unique to Crete and can heard throughout the day on local Crete-specific radio stations across the island.

 What is the single most important sound that identifies a Cretan speaker?


Cretans turn the the soft "K" sound as in, "h" and "x", into a "sh" sound. This is most pronounced in "Oxi," which means "no". Therefore Oxi (O'hee - ) becomes O'shee.

Crete (Kriti) as written in the ISO-639 Standard in other languages:

Albanian aae/sq: Kretë

Arabic ar:  كريت

Bahasa Indonesian/Malaysian id: Kreta

Bangladeshi - Bangla/Bengali ben:  ক্রীট

Basque (euskara) eu: Kreta

Bosnian bs: Kreta 

Bulgarian bg: Крит

Catalan ca: Creta

Chinese zho: 克里特Crete 

Croatian hr: Krit

Czech cs: Kréta

Danish da: Kreta

Esperanto eo: Kreto

Estonian et: Kreeta

Finnish fi: Kreeta 

French fr: Crète

Gaelic ghc: Chréit

German de: Kreta

Greek el: Κρήτη

Hungarian hu: Kréta

Icelandish is: Krít

Indian Hindi hin=  क्रेते

Iranian Farsi far: کرت

Israeli he:  כרתים

Italian it: Creta

Japanese ja: クレタ島

Korean ko:  크리티 지역 

Latin la: Creta

Latvian lv: Krēta

Luxembourgish lb: Kreta

Lithuanian lt: Kreta

Nederlandse - Dutch nl: Kreta

Norwegian no: Kreta

Polish pl: Kreta

Portuguese pt: Creta

Romanian ro: Creta

Russian ru: Крит

Slovakian sk: Kréta

Slovenian sl: Kreta

Serbian sr: Крит

Spanish es: Creta

Swedish sv: Kreta

Turkish tr: Girit

Venetian vec: Creta

Welsh cym: Creta


ISO Code Reference:ISO 639

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