[B-Greek] Correct pronunciation of Z

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu
Wed Nov 15 16:24:37 EST 2006


On Nov 15, 2006, at 1:54 PM, George F Somsel wrote:

> I'm not one overly concerned about pronunciation, but wouldn't "zd"  
> followed by a vowel be rather difficult to pronouce -- at least at  
> the beginning of a word?  Consider ZESTOS or an even more difficult  
> combination ZBENNUMI.

ZBENNUMI is not only more difficult -- I doubt it exists, but there  
is a verb SBENNUMI.


> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Brian Abasciano <bvabasciano at gmail.com>
> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
> Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 1:14:15 PM
> Subject: [B-Greek] Correct pronunciation of Z
>
>
> I began my study of Greek with Classical. Then moved to NT Greek. I  
> was originally taught to pronounce Z as zd. But in NT greek  
> studies, it often seems to be pronounced as dz. Did the  
> pronunciation of Z change over time? Which is correct? I have never  
> looked into the history of this and thought it could be easily  
> answered by some on the list who have tremendous knowlegde of the  
> history of the language.
>
> Thank you and may God bless you.
>
> Brian Abasciano
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Carl W. Conrad
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