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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