verb ending contraction's impact on accent

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verb ending contraction's impact on accent

Post by Tugodum » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:04 pm

My apologies for this probably elementary question: why is the imperfect of, say, νοσέω accented as if its ending, ει, was a simple diphthong (ἐνόσει)? Does not the fact that it is a contraction of two syllables (ε + ει), the last of which is long, demand that the accent be on the contracted one (*ἐνοσέει > *ἐνοσεῖ)?

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Re: verb ending contraction's impact on accent

Post by jeidsath » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:30 pm

contraction of two syllables (ε + ει)
This is the imperfect, so it's a contraction of (ε + ε).
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Re: verb ending contraction's impact on accent

Post by Tugodum » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:33 pm

Oh, thanks! Shame on me. What a glitch...

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