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The Umlaut?

Postby Eureka » Tue Jul 20, 2004 4:54 am

I'm hoping someone can explain what this German symbol is doing on my Greek words. :P

i.e.
What do these two dots mean: [face=SPIonic]i5[/face] ?

And what are they called?
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Postby Paul » Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:12 am

Hi Eureka,

The two dots over a vowel - called a diaeresis mark - mean that the vowel doesn't form a diphthong with the preceding vowel.

E.g., in the patronymic from Iliad 1.1 - [face=SPIonic]Phlhi+a/dew[/face] - the second eta and the following iota make two distinct sounds.

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Postby Eureka » Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:39 am

Thanks, Paul.

For the metre's sake, it looks like[face=SPIonic] hi+[/face] is still just one syllable.
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Postby Paul » Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:25 pm

Hi,

I'm no expert in meter (or anything else for that matter) but I'm pretty sure that the second eta and subsequent iota (with diaeresis) are sounded as two distinct vowels.

But, by synizesis, the [face=SPIonic]ew[/face] sequence at the end of the patroynmic makes a single vowel sound.

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Postby Bert » Wed Jul 21, 2004 12:06 am

Paul wrote:Hi,

I'm no expert in meter (or anything else for that matter)....


Uh... Don't believe everything he says.
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Postby Eureka » Wed Jul 21, 2004 10:59 am

Paul wrote:But, by synizesis, the [face=SPIonic]ew[/face] sequence at the end of the patroynmic makes a single vowel sound.

That is suprising. :shock:
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