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Re: GSF revisited

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Saturday, May 12, 2007, 5:40
On 5/11/07, R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:
> Eugene Oh wrote:
[on geminate consonants]
> > How is either EAK/GSF reflecting > > this, then? > > Philip will have to tell you about GSF
GSF uses single consonants, reflecting the pronunciation -- e.g. θαλασα /Ta'lasa/ for "sea".
> > Side question: does anyone know if the Cypriot dialect sounds > > different, prosodically etc., from the standard Athenian? > > I suspect it may well do - but I do not have enough information to say > so definitely.
It certainly has a different phonology -- e.g. it has (what sounds to me like) /S/ < /sj/ in words such as "sheftalia" (a local food), spelled with sigma-iota. The presence of this sound is, I'm sure, also responsible for their slightly different word for "chocalate": standard Greek has σοκολάτα while on Cyprus, I've seen it written σιοκολάτα instead, with /S/ at the beginning instead of /s/. It also has a different morphology, retaining some older elements (e.g. I remember hearing επεβάλλετο for standard επιβαλλόταν, and πονά for πονάει [also possible in standard MG, but I think not as common]). I don't remember whether its prosody was different, though. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>


R A Brown <ray@...>Modern Greek dialects (was: GSF revisited)