One thing that I have noticed is that there is not a very good source of audio out there that assist "students" of Greek & Latin with the pronunication of these languages. Yes, there are sites out there that have samples here and there. But these sites are scarce and hard to find and incomplete in their "offerings".
It would be great if TextKit would continue to evolve it's offerings and take the next step and provide a "library" of audio samples for it's consituency.
I agree wholeheartly with the following statement directly quoted from the SOCIETY FOR THE ORAL READING OF GREEK AND LATIN LITERATURE (SORGLL):
- "The element of sound is therefore fundamental to a full esthetic experience and understanding of Greek and Latin literature. And yet, the traditional method of teaching Greek and Latin ignores or neglects the sounds of these languages, as if they were of little or no importance, thus depriving students of the basic literary reward of hearing and reproducing beautiful poetry. It is as if students were to study Mozart solely from musical scores and not be given the opportunity of hearing his music."
There are also samples on the SORGLL site that are helpful. Nonetheless, this site and others, only offer a few snipets and are incomplete. You would think that a site dedicated to the purpose of expanding the "auditory" experience of Greek & Latin would have a much richer "library" of sample audio files. Sadly, this is not the case!
For example, it would be nice that they (SORGLL et al) would have a Homeric Greek pronunication guide modeled after the 5th Centrury Attic Greek sample that the have there.
Textkit could easily build an "audio library" with contribututions from it's learned members who could make recordings of their rendtions of pronunciations of various dialects and sample readings of various Greek & Roman literature.
For example, I would venture to guess that someone like Lucus, who has offered a number of times to help members with their Latin pronunication using Skype (including yours truly), could be persuaded with little effort to produce some audio recordings in Latin. There are many other individuals out there that could offer samples to TextKit for publication on this site as well.
There are challenges and obsticles - none greater that the fact that audio files, unlike text, chew up disk space very quickly. Hosting companies charge a premium for storage and often times have tiered pricing structures based on bandwidth and storage requirements for it's customers - both affected with serving audio. Certainly, the financial burden to support an audio library could sour the idea - but it need not be the case.
Textkit could put in place a process with a structure that would ruduce the amount of space such a venture would require. This is a separate follow up discussion - if such an idea is seriously considered by the "Board" here at TextKit. I am hopeful that we can continue this discussion where it will lead to implementing such an idea.
With that said, what do people think about this suggestion and what can we do to further the discussion with the "gatekeepers" of this site? I would be surprised if this topic has not surfaced before. If so, what killed this discussion back then? What are the concerns and obstacles preventing implementing such an idea today?
Looking forward to hearing from my friends here on textkit and from the board on this issue.