That's what I thought too, if only because otherwise it seems impossible to pronounce without a syllable break between the two aspirates.annis wrote:I believe this is just orthographic, and only the final element of the cluster is actually articulated with aspiration.
But I've not yet been able to find confirmation.
chad wrote:i think i read in vox graeca that it's a myth that you can't pronounce 2 aspirated consonants together, and that in greek both aspirated consonants were pronounced as aspirates. but i'll check that. i've assumed that they're pronounced together as a consonsant cluster at the back of the mouth near the throat, ...
chad wrote:...at the back of the mouth near the throat, where a french "r" is pronounced,
Is the Attic rho similar to that French 'r'?
chad wrote:i also re-read the section in vox graeca about where the aspirate is pronounced, and basically i'm still not sure about this, as i've mentioned i few times here before. vox graeca suggests that it might have sounded like our "h", but qualifies this down with a few point which might suggest otherwise. i.e. i'm still not sure where in the mouth the aspirate should be pronounced: at the front or at the bank like the french r. i think it's one of the many cases in greek pronunciation where you have to make your own choice about how to interpret the ancient descriptions dasu/ "rough" and "smooth" breathing, because you could argue either way convincingly.
Eureka wrote:What exactly is a rolled-'r', and how do we make that sound?
chad wrote:also cédric's point about rho sounds right to me: it's a rolled "r": dionysius of halicarnassus (i think) says that the tip of the tongue "fans rapidly" behind the top teeth or something like that.
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