“Aapi Means Agapi”, say Researchers Presenting Online Greek-Cypriot Dictionary

Greek Cypriot or Standard Greek? Is Greek Cypriot a language that is the same or slightly different from Greek? A research team based in Cyprus has collected over 15,000 words from the modern Cypriot Greek dialect. They made a Greek-Cypriot Greek dictionary online, where users have the chance to search what Cypriot “aapi” means in Greek. (In case you are wondering, it means “agapi” (love in English).”

Christodoulou Kiriaki, Armostis Spyros, Katsoyannou Marianne and Charalambos Themistocleous have collaborated to create this unique platform, where users can search for a word, read its morphological or orthographic variants in Cypriot Greek or Greek and listen to its pronounciation.

These four academics have presented their interesting and innovative work in many international seminars and conferences with great success. The online dictionary has been compiled between 2006 and 2010 for the University of Cyprus.

If you’d like to find what modern Cypriot “arfos” mean, visit the following link: http://lexcy.library.ucy.ac.cy/Lexicon.aspx .