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‘Karamanlidika’ e altri casi di sincretismo grafico in ambiente ottomano
‘Karamanlidika’ is the conventional denomination for a vast group of printed and manuscript Turkish texts written in Greek characters and produced mainly between the eighteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries in Asia Minor, Istanbul and other cities of the Ottoman Empire. The use of the terms syncretistic writing and graphic syncretism (borrowed from the term syncretism used in religious studies) proposes a comprehensive labelling covering not only ‘Karamanlidika’, but also ‘Aljamiado Greek’ (i.e. Greek in Arabic characters) and other writing forms resulting from a symbiosis of languages with non-conventionally correlated alphabets. The salient features of ‘Karamanlidika’ production are presented from a historic and typological point of view, and enriched with a comparative outlook on ‘Aljamiado Greek’.