Talmid wrote:I thought to myself: "Well, I bet I'll never see these two words juxtaposed in Homer without an elision."
That's right. The only time the form á¼€Î³Î»Î±á½± occurs before a vowel is with á¼”ÏÎ³Î±, where digamma is in play.
Talmid wrote:Ought the digamma be pronounced in the oral reading of such a construction?
annis wrote:Talmid wrote:Ought the digamma be pronounced in the oral reading of such a construction?
The metrical effects of digamma were already artificial when Iliad assumed its present form (ignoring for the moment the question of the treatment the text received at the hands of the Athenians). It probably ceased being pronounced a few generations before Homer did his thing. I don't pronounce it, but I don't doubt some people would argue fiercely in favor of pronouncing it.
Bert wrote:How can we be so sure that letters like digamma did exist?
Is it just something that makes sense out of metrical oddities? (I guess along with cognates like work, werk, verk, for á¼”ÏÎ³Î¿Î½.)
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