When you see a circumflex you know that that syllable is long, but not every long syllable gets a circumflex.xon wrote:I downloaded "First Greek Book". I've got the alphabet mostly memorized, and can transliterate the Lesson 1 words and give the names of the letters. So, on to Lesson 2. It talks about the cirumflex, which (always?) goes on long syllables. How does the circumflex indicate which syllable gets the most emphasis?
The acute accent indicates a rise in pitch on that syllable.xon wrote:And the grave, can anyone describe in real life terms what makes that different from the acute?
xon wrote:Does the long symbol over a vowel make it do this, for example: a without long symbol sounds like o in rot, a with long symbol sounds like a in race ?
xon wrote:After getting the pronunciation down, what would be the best way to begin learning Lesson 3 and so on, completely understand each lesson, or just understand the basics and quickly move to the next lesson?
xon wrote:That is something that interests me, how are we supposed to know what a language sounded like 3000 years ago? Did they (the Greeks) record mouth movements also?
Koinê was more practical than academic, putting the stress on clarity rather than eloquence. Its grammar was simplified, exceptions were decreased and generalized, inflections were dropped or harmonized, and sentence-construction made easier. Koinê was the language of life and not of books.
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