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R: Re: Ancient Greek Phonology

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 14:05
Nik wrote:

> Oskar Gudlaugsson wrote: > > Obviously, this is not a symmetrical vowel system. What's up with that? > > Why's there no /u/ or /o/? > > According to the article on Greek in The World's Major Languages, > Ancient (Attic) Greek had the following monophthongs (some of these were > indicated by digraphs): > > i i: y y: > e e: o o: > E: O: > a a: > > However, in another section, it gives the pronunciations of the letters, > and there is no short /e/, but is a short /E/. At any rate, it does > seem asymmetrical
So does my book. But how's this possible? Ancient Greek /E:/ gave Modern Greek /i/ while /e/, which should be nearer to /i/, retained its pronounciation? Luca