[B-Greek] language pronunciation

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Sat May 2 06:34:13 EDT 2009

On May 2, 2009, at 12:05 AM, Nikolaos Adamou wrote:

> <pronunciation "created" for them >
> this pronunciation was not created for the Greeks
> but rather to move away from them, not be able to communicate with  
> them,
> and not accept that they have any relationship to do with the Greeks  
> of the antiquity.
> <taught, and used, only in universities.>
> hopefully not for long time
> except if in universities we still want to be authoritative ...
> there is no music and login in that (Erasmian).
> If there is an E (e-psilon) then is there an AI (e-makron) if AI is  
> not AI but αϊ

While I am certainly not a defender of the ongoing teaching of the  
Eraasmian pronunciation, I must say that I think this characterization  
of the motivation underlying the creation and promulgation of the  
Erasmian pronunciation is questionable historically. We really do not  
need to cloud issues of historical emergence of the Erasmian  
pronunciation with notions of ethno-favoritism and ethno-hostility.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

>> From: jeffreyrequadt_list at hotmail.com
>> To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:39:20 -0700
>> Subject: [B-Greek] language pronunciation
>> Can anyone think of any languages, other than Greek, that have had a
>> pronunciation "created" for them (such as Erasmian)? I'm not  
>> talking about
>> distinctions between dialects, socio-economic classes, etc. I'm  
>> talking
>> about pronunciation that it taught, and used, only in universities.
>> Jeffrey T. Requadt
>> Dietz Elementary
>> (520) 731-4000
>> "I like to talk. I also like to think. Sometimes they go together."  
>> ~ Jeff
>> Requadt

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