Re: Greek plosives
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 2, 2006, 15:53|
>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
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?