chad wrote:william, do you know a good book describing the early history of how these accents were applied and worked out by the alexandrian grammarians?
i'd like to know if these exceptions, like the one bert picked up, were based on the what the grammarians actually heard, the pronunciation of the words in greek-speaking cities at the time, or whether they could be just errors persisting from manuscript copy to copy.
chad wrote:i only know the bare fact that it was someone named aristophanes (i think) who started applying the accents for the sake of non-native speakers.
Miltiades wrote:If i'm not wrong what Bert talks about is the vowel shift case.
This has to do with the stem vowel and its alternations. I'm afraid i'won't manage to describe this linguistic procedure accurately as i'm very familiar with the english terminology (unfortunately). Hwever if asked i'll give it a shot.
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