[B-Greek] pee or pie
druseth at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 22:12:34 EDT 2006
>From the opposite end of the spectrum--a small Anabaptist Bible
College--I was taught to say "chee" and "pee". Just so long as we
On 7/7/06, frjsilver at optonline.net <frjsilver at optonline.net> wrote:
> Dear Friends --
> In spite of the best efforts of the British educational system in the past, and of college fraternities and sororities in the present, the standard is to regard _iota_ as a long vowel AS IN GREEK, not as in English.
> We all know that _nice_ has a 'long i' in English, but _Nice_ has a 'long i' in French. The same is true of Latin and Greek, in spite of people who would say 'vy-vat ree-jy-na'.
> So, 'the sweetheart of Sigma Ky' might be rethought....
> Learning Modern Greek, children are taught such rhyming things as ALFA VHTA, FAGEI PITA, or -- in our parlance -- 'alpha, beta, eats a sandwich'. It suffers in translation, I know....
> Peace and blessings to all.
> Father James Silver
> Monk James
> Orthodox Church in America
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Mark House
> Date: Friday, July 7, 2006 7:23 pm
> Subject: [B-Greek] pee or pie
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> > As Hendrickson Publishers' Greek editor I'm currently working on
> > a book that
> > will feature a CD with audio files to aid in learning the Greek
> > alphabet and
> > pronunciation. One of the issues that has arisen in reviewing
> > the files is
> > the pronunciation of the names of Greek letters ending in i (xi,
> > pi, phi,
> > chi, psi). When I studied New Testament Greek, I learned to
> > pronounce these
> > letters using the long iota sound (xee, pee, phee, chee, psee).
> > This makes
> > sense, since some NT Greek grammars, when naming the letters,
> > spell them out
> > in Greek using the letter in question plus an iota. However, it
> > is
> > apparently common in classical Greek circles to pronounce these
> > letters the
> > way they are pronounced in science (all rhyming with "pie"). I'm
> > interested
> > in finding out whether the latter pronunciation is also used
> > commonly in NT
> > Greek classes. Our classically trained author uses the latter
> > pronunciation,
> > but will opt for the former if it is more commonly used in NT
> > contexts.
> > Thanks in advance for your input.
> > Mark House
> > Hendrickson Publishers
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