The aim of the AMiGre project is to provide a systematic linguistic study of Pontic, Cappadocian and Aivaliot, which are Asia Minor dialects in danger of extinction. Based on previous work and the latest advances in theoretical and historical linguistics, dialectology and language contact, the project aims at providing new insights through the comparison of the dialects in order to reveal their similarities and differences on a synchronic basis, map their diachronic evolution and differentiation, and identify the significance of their most important features with respect to the other Modern Greek dialects. The overall objective of the project is to offer a well-argumented analysis of specific phenomena which will refine our understanding of how typologically different languages may affect each other, since the dialects are of fusional origin (Greek) but have been affected by the agglutinative Turkish.
The current project constitutes the first attempt in Greece to present both the raw and processed dialectal material on digital space, with the use of the most up-to-date software programs. Therefore, it brings together Informatics, Information Technology (IT) and theoretical linguistics in the form of a multimedia corpus and an e-dictionary for the scientific presentation of Greek dialectal data to the academia.