[B-Greek] Grammatical question: double dots over a vowel

frjsilver at optonline.net frjsilver at optonline.net
Tue Jun 27 12:54:51 EDT 2006

The diairesis is merely a conventional way of indicating that the vowel so marked is to be pronounced as a separate syllable, and not as part of a dipththong.  It's done this way even in Modern Greek.

Father James

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From: Lillian Belt 
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 12:50 pm
Subject: [B-Greek] Grammatical question: double dots over a vowel
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> What do the double dots over a vowel mean? Are they phonetic 
> markings or something esle?
> Examples: in the name of Isaiah - Matt 3: 3
> in the name of Moses - Matt 17: 3
> in the word hallelujah - Rev 19: 6
> Lillian Belt
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