[B-Greek] Pronouncing PN

Barry H. nebarry at verizon.net
Thu Apr 1 10:50:54 EDT 2010


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From: "George F Somsel" <gfsomsel at yahoo.com>
To: "Alex Poulos" <apviper at gmail.com>; <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Pronouncing PN


> 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.

It is possible to pronounce both simultaneously, as is done in certain 
African languages, and that is quite likely how the Greeks did it, at least 
during the Classical period.  It takes some practice for English speakers, 
but I can do it -- it drives my students nuts, so I make sure I do it all 
the time.

Barry 




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