[B-Greek] rough breathing in Koine times
papaweiss1 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 27 10:11:45 EDT 2005
Schemes which set forth Koine/NT/1st-century Greek pronunciation state that the rough
breathing had ceased by then and was not pronounced (just as it's not pronounced in
Modern Greek), even though the rough breathing mark continued to be used.
Why, then, did the forms of AF' (from APO) and OUC (from OU/OUK) and hUF' (from hUPO)
etc. continue if there was no difference in pronunciation or sound between an initial vowel (or
diphthong) with a rough breathing and an initial vowel (or diphthong) with a smooth breathing?
Why do we not usually see AP' and OUK and hUP' etc. before initial vowels and diphthongs
when there is a rough breathing?
Eric S. Weiss
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