1%homeless wrote:The world mostly agrees with the classical pronunciation, but most linguists in Greece seem to not agree with the rest of the world. Why?
chad wrote:i read somewhere that greeks defined hoi barbaroi as those whose language sounded like the bleating "bar-bar" of sheep, i.e. non-greek... is that just an urban myth or is it good etymology?
Lex wrote:Hmmmm.... so what sound do Greek sheep make? Or llamas?
annis wrote:No comment on llamas, but sheep go [face=spionic]bh/ bh/[/face], or, famously, sometimes [face=spionic]mh/ mh/[/face] - "no! no!" - which sent Ajax into a sheep-slaughtering frenzy in Sophocles' play.
CRCulver wrote:One problem is that Greeks want to believe that their modern language is much closer to Koine or Attic Greek than it actually is. Thus they tend to believe that many of the sound peculiarities in current Greek (labiodental beta, three vowels joining together, change of the aspirated consonants) were already present by the time of the founding of the Church. This is plainly not true for a number of aspects of Greek pronunciation.
demetri wrote:So, if I may ask a VERY neophyte question, where did the pronunciation scheme we use for Attic/Koine come from?
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