The difference between the two texts is style difference (or difference style). Style is, one might say, the particular way in which the speaker (or writer), combining linguistic elements he has chosen, expresses an event, a thought, an emotion, etc. The definitions formulated by the scientists for style are too many so that today we can not accept one unreservedly. Some of them are the following:

  • The style is the man himself.
  • Style is the text itself.
  • Style is nothing but the way of language

Dealing with the style, its meaning and its definition, as well as The research on the deviations of a text from the common use of a language (norm), created a scientific discipline called Stylistics .

Β. The style of modern Greek

The reference to the characteristics of the style of a language presupposes comparative stylistic studies of this language with others and is a rather difficult and almost impossible task. Studies that have been done on the stylistic characteristics of modern Greek have reached findings, some of which are listed below.

a) The coexistence of Katharevousa and Dimotiki for many years has formed a morphological multiplicity, which gives the possibility of stylistic differences related to the ideological-political position of the speaker / author:

  • The Xanthi offered the prime minister the key to the city.
  • The people of Xanthi offered the prime minister the key to the city.

The first sentence can be uttered by a person of old age, highly educated and conservative ideology, while the second sentence by a person of middle age (but also older), low (but also highly) educated with a non-conservative ideology as a rule. by words as well as by popular linguistic tradition. The use of this vocabulary makes it possible to create subtle or even more intense stylistic nuances:

  • The search for the cause that caused the earthquake proved futile.
  • The search for the cause that caused the earthquake became useless.

In the first sentence the most literate words search , proved , vain give a more formal style than the second sentence, where the most popular words are used search , became , useless and the style is provocatively popular.

Modern Greek: Style and speech patterns (Part A ')