Apostrophe or Breathing Mark?

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Aug 1 17:47:43 EDT 2001


At 10:42 AM -0400 8/1/01, James Ernest wrote:
>|-----Original Message-----
>|From: Carl W. Conrad [mailto:cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu]
>|Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 10:57 PM
>|To: Biblical Greek
>|Cc: Biblical Greek
>|Subject: [b-greek] Re: Apostrophe or Breathing Mark?
>|
><snip>
>|what you're seeing is
>|termed a "crasis" mark (KRASIS = "mixing" from verb KERANNUMI,
>|"mix/mingle").
>|In form it is indistinguishable from an acute accent,
><snip>
>
>s/b "indistinguisable from an apostrophe", no?  I doubt this threw anyone
>off.

Good point, but now that you make that initial correction, what I really
meant was NOT indistinguishable from an apostrophe either, but rather
indistinguishable from a smooth breathing (spiritus lenis).
-- 

Carl W. Conrad
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