[B-Greek] Pronunciation of Upsilon
+Fr Patrick B O'Grady
fatherpatrick at fastmail.fm
Tue Oct 14 16:40:24 EDT 2008
IPA, [y] is the same sound as U in French or u with the two dots over it
(umlaut), in German. Make an (American) oo sound with your tongue, but
stretch your lips as though making an ee sound! This is how I trained my
former German students.
BTW, I find Buth's assertion intriguing, regarding this phoneme, that it
is the sound for Greek U and OI. I am personally looking into it...
Fr Patrick B. O'Grady
On Tue, 14 Oct 2008 14:19:48 -0400, "Charles Johnson"
<cpj5117 at gmail.com> said:
> I've been trying out Randall Buth's Imperial Koine pronunciation, but I'm
> stuck on the vowel upsilon as well as the omicron-iota diphthong. His
> gives it in IPA as [y] which is the close front rounded vowel. I haven't
> actually been able to find a sound file in a format, nor do the examples
> I've found seem particularly helpful. I'm guessing it's not something I'm
> used to distinguishing in my General American dialect.
> I'm also confused because he sometimes refers to it as u (with two dots
> it.) I'm not sure if this is a different system, but in IPA the two dots
> refer to centralization of the vowel, which would seem to contradict it
> being the front vowel.
> Charlie Johnson
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