Vox Graeca: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Classical Greek by W. Sidney Allen

By W. Sidney Allen

This variation of Professor Allen's hugely profitable booklet is at the pronunciation of Attic Greek in classical occasions. during this 3rd variation, Allen has revised the part on pressure in classical Greek, the bankruptcy on volume has been recast, and the writer has additional an appendix at the names and letters of the Greek alphabet, to supply a parallel and old historical past to the same appendix within the moment version of his Vox Latina. the full quantity of revision because the first version has made it essential to reset the entire e-book, so as well as the hot fabric, the supplementary notes of the second one version are actually included into the most textual content making this ebook even more handy to exploit.

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Vox Graeca: A Guide to the Pronunciation of Classical Greek

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1 Armenian distinguishes both a rolled r and a fricative r (cf. Allen, TPS, 1950, pp. 193-7), of which the former occupies the position of ρ in the alphabet (though there is much variation in the rendering of ρ in Greek words). e. that the sound was a 'breathed 5 or voiceless [r] (all aspiration in Greek, unlike Sanskrit, being voiceless). Dialectal support for such a value has been seen in the modern Tsakonian development of [si-] from Laconian pi-, 1 though this also suggests a fricative pronunciation of p.

59. Cf. H. Vogt, 'Structure phonemique du goorgien', NTS, 18 (1958), pp. 5 if. 4 A more plausible prima facie case against the aspiration of both elements of these groups (which in fact, however, seems never to have been advanced) would be that it was contrary to the general principle of Grassmann's Law (see p. 13), which converts, for example, άμφι + εχω to άμπέχω, and an expected Θρέφω (cf. Θρέψω) to τρέφω, by what is termed a * dissimilation of aspirates'. But dissimilation typically involves the avoidance of repetition of an articulatory action, as assimilation involves the extension of an articulatory posture; aspiration involves a particular posture of the larynx and pharynx (cf.

5), p. 13. g. g. [φιι] 4 bone': [fu] 'feather'. 22 ASPIRATED PLOSIVES text of the 2 c. D. containing some Greek transliterations shows that Greek φ and χ there represented Egyptian ph and kh, and not the fricatives f and h; and in the Coptic writing devised in the 3 c. D. by Egyptian Christians largely on the basis of the Greek alphabet, φ, θ, χ are used to represent aspirated plosives or a combination of plosive and h. Elsewhere, both the Armenian and Georgian alphabets, formed around the 5 c.

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