Titus Marius Crispus wrote:I see. That iota subscript doesn't change the pronunciation at all, correct? So, kalliste, with the all pronounced like the English 'all', and a short 'i'? But how would the eta be pronounced?
Probably most like reality 500BC: like a drawn out 'ehhh' as in 'set'. Most people don't pronounce iota subscript, but if you're feeling archaic, finish off the 'ehhh' with a iota sound (ee, 'feel') at the end to get the basic feel.
However, most people using Erasmian pronunciation (conventional for some time now) pronounce eta like 'ay' in 'day'.
The iota is pronounced the same no matter where it is, so absolutely not like the short 'i' in 'sit'. Think 'seat', just quickly. Native English speakers naturally shorten that to 'sit' here, so I imagine most English-speaking classics profs even pronounce it that way.
I see the sigma is regular in 'adjectives of the second form'. I also see that those adjectives usually have their stem modified in the comparative and superlative. Must one simply memorize these changes?[/edit]
Yep. Most adjectives are regular, fortunately.