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Pontic

Pontic Greek is spoken by more than 300.000 people. The speakers live in Thessaloniki and other places in the Macedonia provinve of Greece. This language was spoken at the Black Sea coast in Turkey until the 1920 1930, when the speakers have been deported to Greece. Several thousand Muslims living in norther Turkey are reported to speak Pontic Greek. Further Pontic speaking communities live in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

The Greek language forms a branch of the Indo-Euopean language family by itself.

Pontic vocalism has preserved some archaic features.

The adjective in Pontic Greek has replaced gender distinction with animacy distinction.

Pontic Greek is not mutually intelligible with Modern Standard Greek.

Pontic Greek underwent considerable influence by Turkish.

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