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Question for Modern Greek speakers

Postby quendidil » Sat Jul 25, 2009 4:37 pm

Could any Greek speakers here comment on this guy's accent?

It seems to me that he is inconsistent in the pronunciation of his fricatives, and some of his other consonants don't fit in with the descriptions of Greek phonology that I've read.
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Re: Question for Modern Greek speakers

Postby IreneY » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:55 pm

Yes, his accent is a bit off, both for reconstructed Koine Greek and Modern Greek. If you want to make a comparison (with modern Greek) I found this little video. It's the beginning of the chapter of John and while there's some background chanting the voice is clear (I think).
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Re: Question for Modern Greek speakers

Postby LSorenson » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:52 am

From J Simon, the speaker:

My pronunciation is based on modern Greek with minor
variations. I do not attempt to duplicate it exactly, simply because
there are aspects of modern Greek pronunciation which I do not
care for, For example, its soft treatment of some consonants
and vowels, it's treatment of voiced consonantal clusters, etc.
In my humble opinion, ancient Greek would have had a more
succinct and vigorous rendition of such sounds. (Historical
linguistic observation suggests that languages undergo an
entropic softening and melding of sounds over lengthy exposure,
i.e., centuries/millenia. Greek and English are certainly good
examples of this... )

Bear also in mind that even if a standardized pronunciation of any
language is attempted, even by native speakers, variations,
regional and otherwise, are the order of the day and attempting
to nail a pronunication scheme down definitively is like chasing
partridges all over the landscape.

Regardless, my fundamental endeavor is to provide a sound which
native Greek speakers would understand clearly, whether or not it
reflects their particular regional sound characteristics or academic
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Re: Question for Modern Greek speakers

Postby Swth\r » Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:33 am

The fricatives are somehow odd, in deed, Χ in particular... But the attempt as a whole is in my opinion remarkable!
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