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.
Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>