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Postby vir litterarum » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:56 pm

Does anyone know why Greek initial rho with the rough breathing in Latin is written with the "h" postponed instead of prefixed, i.e. rh- instead of hr-?
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Postby Alatius » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:26 am

If the pronunciation was a voiceless consonant, both "hr" and "rh" could be said to equally well (or badly) reflect the pronunciation. I'd guess the main reason would be to bring it in line with the transcriptions of the aspirated consonants, theta, phi and chi, but it's only a guess.
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Postby modus.irrealis » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:00 pm

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Postby vir litterarum » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:15 pm

William Sidney Allen seems to believe that in Classical Latin pronunciation r=rh.

http://books.google.com/books?id=aexkj_ ... 7_obCkbjfA.
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