Pronunciation of Iota Subscript

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Pronunciation of Iota Subscript

Post by Nathan B. » Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:39 am

Just wondering: is it permissable to pronounce the iota subscript?

Also, not being the most computer literature person in the world, I still need help with this font problem. I've been pointed in the right direction, I think, have been unable to find the right options to make the problem go away.

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Re: Pronunciation of Iota Subscript

Post by annis » Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:11 pm

Nathan B. wrote:Just wondering: is it permissable to pronounce the iota subscript?
I do, and have not yet been struck down.

If you're aiming at a pronunciation suitable to 5th century Attic, then you should pronounce the iota.
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Post by Hu » Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:05 pm

I believe that alpha with iota suscript was the first of the subscripted letters to be monophthonged (in the 300s BC, if I recall correctly). Allen's Vox Graeca has a neat chart of all the vowel changes listed according to when they happened.

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Re: Pronunciation of Iota Subscript

Post by Kopio » Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:22 am

annis wrote:I do, and have not yet been struck down.
Well I've never heard you pronounce it, and I carry a large stick with me for just such occaisions :lol:

I have never pronounced it when reading...but would that be because I'm a Koine guy? Did they pronounce it in the A.D.?

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Re: Pronunciation of Iota Subscript

Post by annis » Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:20 pm

Kopio wrote:Well I've never heard you pronounce it, and I carry a large stick with me for just such occaisions :lol:
Ah. Then I shall take care, if the TextCon ever happens, to make sure you're not around when I recite Greek.
I have never pronounced it when reading...but would that be because I'm a Koine guy? Did they pronounce it in the A.D.?
They didn't, but many of the more traditional textbooks of ancient Greek — Attic or Koine — say not to pronounce the iota.
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Post by Carola » Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:28 am

I also have not been struck down - and it is a very good way of remembering that it is there when trying to learn vocabulary. My fear of my lecturer's red pen noting the missing iota subscripts outweighs any of Kopio's threats! :wink:
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Thanks!

Post by Nathan B. » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:40 pm

Just wanting to thank everybody for answering my question. Much appreciated.

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