Giannis Psiharis was a linguist who became known as an ardent combatant of demoticism, insisting that the fight for the establishment of a new language at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, was not only literary but ideological as well. He was a professor of Linguistics at the School of Eastern Languages in Paris. From his position, he resisted adamantly to the use of archaic language and supported the “language of the common people.”
His novel “My voyage” (1888) was a turning point in the transition of literature to the demotic language. He defended the demotic language with his literary work and the numerous studies he completed, influencing his contemporary authors gravely.