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Re: Greek plosives

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2006, 15:53
staving veritosproject:
>I was studying Greek's orthography a bit, and I realised that although >it seems to have the letters for voiced stops (beta, gamma, delta) it >seems to be using the combination (nasal+unvoiced plosive), as in "nt" >for "d". Why is it doing this, or is it just for transliterated >words?
Classical Greek voiced stops underwent sound change to fricatives, hence beta, gamma and delta are pronounced [v] [G] and [D] in Modern Greek. Does anyone know exactly when this took place? Pete