Re: USAGE: Ancient Greek 'eu'
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, February 2, 2004, 0:32|
Ray Brown scripsit:
> >Various people are telling me that 'eu' in Ancient Greek was [Ev]/[Ef]
> i.e. phonemically /ev/. It seems to have acquired that sound by the
> Byzantine period, i.e. about 4th cent CE, and has kept it ever since.
[much philological learning snipped]
Unfortunately, there is a sect of modern Greeks who hold it as an
article of faith that Classical -- nay, Homeric -- Greek had exactly
the same pronunciation as modern Greek, and that all reconstructions
are nothing but Farangi attempts to mangle the glorious Greek language.
"We are lost, lost. No name, no business, no Precious, nothing. Only empty.
Only hungry: yes, we are hungry. A few little fishes, nassty bony little
fishes, for a poor creature, and they say death. So wise they are; so just,
so very just." --Gollum email@example.com www.ccil.org/~cowan