Hyphenation Patterns for Ancient and Modern Greek

  • Dimitrios Filippou
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3130)


Several files with Greek hyphenation patterns for TEX can be found on CTAN . However, most of these patterns are for use with Modern Greek texts only. Some of these patterns contain mistakes or are incomplete. Other patterns are suitable only for some now-outdated “Greek TEX” packages. In 2000, after having examined the patterns that existed already, the author made new sets of hyphenation patterns for typesetting Ancient and Modern Greek texts with the greek option of the babel package or with Dryllerakis’ GreeKTEX package. Lately, these patterns have found their way even into the ibycus package, which can be used with the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, and into Ω with the antomega package.

The new hyphenation patterns, while not exhaustive, do respect the grammatical and phonetic rules of three distinct Greek writing systems. In general, all Greek words are hyphenated after a vowel and before a consonant. However, for typesetting Ancient Greek texts, the hyphenation patterns follow the rules established in 1939 by the Academy of Athens, which allow for breaking up compound words between the last consonant of the first constituent word and the first letter of the second constituent word, provided that the first constituent word has not been changed by elision. For typesetting polytonic (multi-accent) Modern Greek texts, the hyphenation rules distinguish between the nasal and the non-nasal double consonants μπ, ντ, and γκ. In accordance with the latest Greek grammar rules, in monotonic (uni-accent) Modern Greek texts, these double consonants are not split.


Compound Word Greek Word Grammatical Rule Ation Pattern Greek Text 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  • Dimitrios Filippou
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  1. 1.Kato GatzeaVolosGreece

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