Rough breathing

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huilen
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Rough breathing

Post by huilen » Fri May 02, 2014 7:22 pm

I have this doubt for a long time: how should I pronunce the rough breathing when it is before a word that is elided?
νῦν δ' ἁθρόα πάντ' ἀπέτεισε

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Re: Rough breathing

Post by mwh » Sun May 25, 2014 3:52 pm

The delta picks up the aspirate. Same with tau, only there the alphabet conveniently provides theta, its aspirated form. δ τ θ constitute a phonetic series; likewise β π φ and γ κ χ. English-speakers unwittingly aspirate τ π κ, and probably δ β γ too, so you may already be pronouncing it correctly (unless you're chinese, as your handle might suggest).

W.S. Allen’s Vox Graeca is a useful resource.

Whether the word αθροος is in fact aspirated is another question. Aristarchus decreed it, rightly or wrongly.

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Re: Rough breathing

Post by huilen » Mon May 26, 2014 4:30 pm

Thank you for your answer.
mwh wrote:English-speakers unwittingly aspirate τ π κ, and probably δ β γ too, so you may already be pronouncing it correctly
You are right, I put a bad example choosing a word ending in δ, because I already pronounce δ with the breathing. I have the problem with other consonants before the breathing, here goes a random example:
σοὶ ἅμ᾽ ἕψεται,
mwh wrote:W.S. Allen’s Vox Graeca is a useful resource.
Great, I will check it.
(unless you're chinese, as your handle might suggest).
Hehe, I'm not, it is Mapuche.

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