[B-Greek] Pronouncing PN

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 1 10:30:47 EDT 2010

I'm hardly the standard, but my practice is to pronounce the "p" sound with as little vowel as possible -- approximating a schewa in Hebrew.

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From: Alex Poulos <apviper at gmail.com>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Thu, April 1, 2010 6:20:41 AM
Subject: [B-Greek] Pronouncing PN

This a rather elementary question, but I'm curious nonetheless.  In English
we don't pronounce the starting 'p,' so words like "pneumatology" are
pronounced "noomatology."  French DOES pronounce the 'p' as I understand it,
so that pneu is "pah-neu" (or something rather close to that).  So how does
this work in koine?  I'm expecting it to be pronounced, (and I have been
pronouncing the p when I read aloud).  Is this just something that looks
really odd to English speakers but is completely normal for Greek speakers
(or French speakers, for that matter)?


Alex Poulos
Junior - Computer Science
NC State University

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