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Re: The Appearance of Fricatives "ð" and "θ" in Anc. Macedonian: the Earliest Date?

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, March 31, 2008, 4:41
On Mar 29, 2008, at 10:30 AM, Vasil Gligorov wrote:
> Most textbook on ancient Macedonian phonology point out that > "Delta"="d", > while "Theta" had a value of "t". However certain recent studies, > outside > the aforementioned mainstream view, point out that the sounds > represented > by Δ/Θ may already had values of ð/θ in xmk
I'm not sure what you mean by "xmk".
> even before those changes > occurred in Classic Greek and not as is mostly encountered in the > textbooks, > during later Koine period, with regards to Macedonian soil. > > What are your conclusions on this issue, the earliest date of > appearance of > dental fricatives among the Macedonians as an ethne?
Well, I don't know anything about Ancient Macedonian, but Wikipedia (<>) says that aspirated stops in Greek appear to correspond to voiced stops in Macedonian -- or at least that they are written <β, δ, γ>. It then says: As to Macedonian β, δ, γ = Greek φ, θ, χ, Claude Brixhe[21] suggests that it may have been a later development: The letters may already have designated not voiced stops, i.e. [b, d, g], but voiced fricatives, i.e. [β, δ, γ], due to a voicing of the voiceless fricatives [φ, θ, x] (= Classical Attic [pʰ, tʰ, kʰ]). The citation for Brixhe is: Claude Brixhe, "Un «nouveau» champ de la dialectologie grecque: le macédonien", in: A. C. Cassio (ed.), Katà diálekton. Atti del III Colloquio Internazionale di Dialettologia Greca (A.I.O.N., XIX), Napoli 1996, 35-71.
> > Thank you. > > The Appearance of Fricatives "ð" and "θ" in Anc. Macedonian: the > Earliest Date?