Re: OT: "Yugoslavia" in Greek
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, November 10, 2007, 4:28|
> Can anyone here tell me why the Greek name for Yugoslavia (Giougkoslavía)
> starts with a gamma? It seems to me that the iota would start the word at least
> as well, and there is no hint of a 'g' in the source "yugo-" (south).
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Greek gamma in modern Greek is like that Minza phoneme that I was
struggling to find a way to represent in the Latin alphabet -- it has a
[j\] allophone before /i/ (as in the word "gyros").
I'd probably do the same in Minza: Ðiugóslavia. "Iu" by itself would be
pronounced as a falling diphthong [iw]. At least with the initial
consonant it's [j\iw], which is about as close as you can get in Minza.