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Pronounciation of "oi" in Greek?
« on: October 03, 2008, 10:23:41 AM »
Dear folks,

Is "oi" always pronounced as "i" ("ee") in Greek?

So, it's not "metanoia," but "metania" (or "metaneeya")?

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Re: Pronounciation of "oi" in Greek?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2008, 10:45:55 AM »
Dear folks,

Is "oi" always pronounced as "i" ("ee") in Greek?

So, it's not "metanoia," but "metania" (or "metaneeya")?

Thanks,

--G.



According to my understanding, there are three broad types of pronunciation:

1) Modern pronunciation: used in the Church even for Koine words

2) Erasmian: an early attempt in the Renaissance to establish the "original" pronunciation based on comparing poetry (what would rhyme with what?, etc).  This is taught in many Classics departments

3) Reconstructed: what Ancient Greek would have probably sounded like based on linguistic evidence; has a lot of the Erasmian pronunciations but goes further and has aspirated vs unaspirated p, t, and k (modern has f, th, and x) and the accents are tonal.

So yes, it would be me-ta-neeeeee-ya
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Re: Pronounciation of "oi" in Greek?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 12:01:15 PM »
^Thank you, Father!
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