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  • proper noun A Greek dialect or language, spoken in southern Italy and in Sicily, combining ancient Greek, Byzantine Greek and Italian.


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  • The first man to get serious about pizzica was Sergio Blasi, who founded La Notte della Taranta festival in 1998, drawing a few thousand to Melpignano, a town where locals still speak Griko, a dialect believed to be a holdover from the eighth century BC, when the ancient Greeks ran southern Italy.

    Record numbers flock to Puglia festival to dance to Italy's dervish beat 2011

  • The wave of groups revitalizing the pizzica has allowed Griko to survive at least in embalmed form through the music.

    Puglia's Fiery Pizzica Joel Weickgenant 2010

  • Among other distinctions, the inner Salento is known for the use of Griko, a Greek-infused language that bears little resemblance to the Salentino dialect, and whose use has waned with the postwar generations.

    Puglia's Fiery Pizzica Joel Weickgenant 2010

  • The Italo-Greek Griko-Salentino word for "cat" múscio seems to be also based on a word for "mouse". LITTLE LATIN. 2005

  • Taranta Nights 2 features some of the best known Italian folk groups on the Taranta folk stage today, like Ghetonia from the Griko-speaking region of Southern Apulia, Menamenamo from the Salento music scene and Zimbaria who is the gold standard in Italian folk music.

    World Music Central TJNelson 2010

  • Griko, a form of Greek spoken in Italy 20,000 - Kalini'tta - Goodnight - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2010


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