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Re: Greek plosives

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2006, 16:57
staving R A Brown:

>During the Hellenistic period, the aspirated voiceless plosives were >shifting to voiceless fricatives, while the voiced plosives (as I have >said above) were shifting to voiced fricatives. These changes seem to have >become general by the 4th cent CE and were certainly the Byzantine >pronunciation and remain the modern pronunciation.
Presumably the aspirate => voiceless fricative sound change went through an affricate stage, eg [t_h] => [th] => [tT] => [T] Is there any evidence of the affricate stage? Pete