Eta + Upsilon diphthong

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Sun Mar 31 16:19:32 EST 2002

At 1:41 PM -0600 3/31/02, Eric Weiss wrote:
>Re: the HU diphthong:
>The Erasmian pronunciation, per my NT Greek grammars, of HU is "ew" as
>in "few," just like the diphthong EU. None of my Modern Greek grammars
>list this diphthong and/or say how to pronounce it. Maybe it doesn't
>exist in Modern Greek.
>For reading the New Testament with Modern Greek pronunciation, Spiros
>Zodhiates shows on his pronunciation card that HU is to be pronounced as
>"eef" or "eev", which he distinguishes from EU, which he shows to
>pronounce as "ef" or "ev".
>SO ... what is the consensus on the "Modern Greek" pronunciation of HU,
>or how would a Modern Greek pronounce this diphthong if he/she
>encounters it in the NT?

You mean as in hHURISKON (impf. of hEURISKW in Mk 14:55): "eevreeskon"?

Carl W. Conrad
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