Greek language is the richest in the world 13 Feb 2001
The Centre of Macedonian Studies organised a lecture in New York a few
days ago on the significance of the Greek language and alphabet in the
preservation of cultural heritage.
Among the topics presented was the emphasis on the dangers faced by the
Greek language because of the European Union. Many academicians observe
that the Greek language is being altered considerably through
different processes. Examples such as, the use of the Latin alphabet in
the e-mails, the abolition of accents, the likely abolition of vowels and
the generalised use of the vowel "i" aimed at making the writing
of the Greek language easier.
Speaker Vagia Karantidis, clinical psychologist, child psychologist and
internationally recognised ancient Greek philosophy scientist, issued a
warning by saying that if the Greeks want to promote the values of their
race they must learn about their past. She referred in detail to the
creation of the alphabet and the significance of every symbol-letter. She
stressed that the Greek language is the richest in the world with 5
million words and 70 million word types, according to the 1990 Guinness
Book of Records, while the English language has only 490.000 words. She
also underlined the meaning of the alphabet in a language as the letters
symbolise specific qualities.
She also noted that the Greek language is the basis for all European
languages with words of immense audio-visual notional beauty, adding that
the language of a people expresses the way it communicates and thinks and
it is inconceivable for a language that is spoken for over 5.000 years to
be forgotten, pushed aside and suffer a war against it.