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He soon learned that the problem of lack of mutual intelligibility had not arisen among these students, who appeared to conduct their daily affairs in their own dialects. Ezzat decided to investigate the common fea­ tures of all these dialects which helped towards this mutual understanding and he discovered that it is untrue to say that students of different origins 'conduct their daily affairs in their own national dialects' — what they in fact resort to is a common koineized variety of Arabic or, 'educated spoken Arabic'.

56-61%) but then it falls down to 50% in the 2nda  Here, however, according to Leitzsch, we can­ not be sure whether in cases such as ξέννος ~ ξένος we are dealing with the influence of Koine, or with the internal process of degemination in contem­ porary Lesbian or finally with defective spellings for geminates. It is worth noticing that the Aeolic form of the perfect participle γεγόνων, έπεστάκων held its ground successfully through the three examined centuries (100%75%-75% of all instances, which, however, are below the level of signifi­ cance: 2-4-4).

As far as the transition from dialect to Koine is concerned, Buttenwieser points out that in Boeotia there was a sharp distinction between Hellenistic and dialectal inscriptions (p. 93), in that there are vir­ tually no Koine inscriptions, which display any Boeotian dialectal features (our category dK, cf. 5), apparently because the Boeotian dialect (historically an Aeolic dialect with a strong admixture of West Greek forms) differed strongly from the Attic-Ionic Koine. 22, respec­ tively (according to Coleman, 1963:107).

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