ELEMENTARY GREEK GREK 1001-1 M-F 8:40-9:30 Prescott 120
ELEMENTARY GREEK The sounds of the Greek alphabet
ELEMENTARY GREEK Some basic principles about the ancient Greek alphabet: • Greeks spelled words the way they pronounced them • If they changed the pronunciation of a word, they changed the spelling to match.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • Consider the verb “record” (reCORD) and the noun “record” (RECord), which are spelled alike but pronounced differently in English. • In Greek, such words would be spelled according to their pronunciations: “rikórd” and “rékerd”
ELEMENTARY GREEK Imagine these examples in English: • If anyone pronounced “going” as “gonna,” they would spell it “gonna.” • Homophones like “but” and “butt” would both be spelled “but,” even though they have different meanings.
ELEMENTARY GREEK Therefore, the surest and most straightforward way to become comfortable reading and writing Greek is to sound out the words and match the sounds to the letters on the page.
ELEMENTARY GREEK This also means that speakers in different regions spelled their own dialects differently. Less common dialects thus require specialized knowledge, but most Greek literature is written in one of a few common and very similar dialects.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • The most important dialect is “Attic,” spoken in ancient Athens. • “Classical” Greek usually refers to Attic Greek. Most classical texts are written in Attic. • Koine (Greek for “common”) was a generic form of Attic Greek used in many places, including the text of the New Testament. • The Greek we learn in this class teaches you to read both Attic and Koine Greek.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • “Homeric” or “Epic” is the older dialect used for the Iliad, Odyssey and related poems. • Similar to Attic is the “Ionic” dialect, used by the historian Herodotus, the doctor Hippocrates, and some other authors.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • There were many less common dialects in antiquity (and there are many dialects of Modern Greek). • Modern Greek, also called “Demotic” (“the people’s”), differs from ancient Greek primarily in the shift in the sound of several letters and a number of new words in the language.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • Modern Greek and Classical Greek are the same language, but with more than two thousand years of linguistic and historical change. It is similar to the difference between modern English and that of Shakespeare, Chaucer, or the King James Bible. Much is different but much is the same.
ELEMENTARY GREEK VOWELS Greek has roughly the same five vowels as English: • α“ah” • ε“eh” • ι“ih” • ο“o” • υ“u”
α“ah” ε“eh” ι“ih” ο“o” υ“u” η“ay”or ᾱ“aah” η“ay” ῑ“ee” ω“oh” ῡ“οοh” ELEMENTARY GREEK Short Long Like English, Greek has short and long versions of its vowels.
ELEMENTARY GREEK Speakers of ancient Greek, especially Attic, did not like to say two vowel sounds in a row. Consequently, if two vowels come together, they tended to • merge them into one (called a “diphthong,” Greek for “double sound”) • or contract them.
ELEMENTARY GREEK • A vowel + ιorυ forms a diphthong. • α,ε andο contract with each other (in Attic Greek, and so also in koine).
ELEMENTARY GREEK A vowel + ι forms a diphthong: • α+ι= αι“eye” • ᾱ+ ι = ᾱι“aah” usually written ᾳ • ε+ ι= ει”ay” • η+ ι = ηι ”ay” usually written ῃ • ο+ ι = οι”oy” • ω+ ι= ωι ”oh” usually written ῳ • υ+ ι = υι”wee”
ELEMENTARY GREEK A vowel +υ forms a diphthong: • α+ υ = αυ“ow!” • ε+ υ = ευ”eu” • ο+ υ = ου”oo”
ELEMENTARY GREEK α,ε andο + α contract: • α+ α = ᾱ • ε+ α = η • ο+ α = ω
ELEMENTARY GREEK α,ε andο + ε contract: • α+ ε = ᾱ • ε+ ε = ει • ο+ ε = ου
ELEMENTARY GREEK α,ε andο +ο contract: • α+ ο = ω • ε+ ο = ου • ο+ ο = ου
ELEMENTARY GREEK CONSONANTS Greek consonants are built around just three basic sounds: LabialDentalPalatal π τ κ p t k
ELEMENTARY GREEK CONSONANTSAdd a vocal sound and you get a new set, called “voiced”: LabialDentalPalatal πpτ tκ k = unvoiced βb δd γg = voiced
ELEMENTARY GREEK CONSONANTSAdd the “h” sound and you get a new set, called “aspirated”: LabialDentalPalatal πpτ tκ k = unvoiced βb δd γg = voiced φph θth χkh = aspirated
ELEMENTARY GREEK The Trouble with Sigma Greek is strange when it comes to pronouncing and writing words with the “s” sound: • You never write πσ,βσ orφσ. Instead you write ψ. • τ,δ and θdisappear before a σ. • You never write κσ,γσ orχσ. Instead you write ξ.
ELEMENTARY GREEK CONSONANTS LabialDentalPalatal πpτ tκ k = unvoiced βb δd γg = voiced φph θth χkh = aspirated ψps σs ξks = + σ
ELEMENTARY GREEK CONSONANTS LabialDentalPalatal πpτ tκ k = unvoiced βb δd γg = voiced φph θth χkh = aspirated ψps σs ξks = + σ μ mνnγκ, γγ, γχ, γξng = nasals
ELEMENTARY GREEK The leftover consonants are: • ζ (instead of writingσδ) • the liquids: • λl • ρr
ELEMENTARY GREEK When foreigners started learning Greek in antiquity, Greek scholars developed additional symbols to help non-Greeks understand the language. Modern printed editions, following medieval manuscripts, use the following: • breathings • accents • punctuation
ELEMENTARY GREEK BREATHINGS Ancient Greek does not use a separate letter for the ‘h’ sound. As we saw earlier, Greek has the aspirated consonants φ, θ, and χto indicate this sound.
ELEMENTARY GREEK BREATHINGS If a word begins with aspiration but not with one of these consonants, however, the aspirated consonants are no help, so Greek uses two symbols to indicate aspiration or lack of it.
ELEMENTARY GREEK BREATHINGS • ’ no aspiration:ὀ= “o” (“smooth” breathing) • ‘ aspiration:ὁ= “ho” (“rough” breathing)
ELEMENTARY GREEK BREATHINGS Words beginning with ρorυalways have a rough breathing: • ῥο= rho • ῥυθμος= rhythmos (“rhythm”) • ὑπερhyper “above” ( English “hyper”)
ELEMENTARY GREEK BREATHINGS Sometimes only a breathing marks the difference between words. For example: • αὐτον= “him”αὐτην= “her” • αὑτον= “himself”αὑτην= “herself” Notice that if the word begins with a diphthong, the breathing appears over the second letter.
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Greek displays three types of accent marks: • / “acute” • \ “grave” • ˆ “circumflex” Ancient Greeks knew how to accent words. They wrote accents to help non-Greeks learn the language.
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accents appear only over vowels (second letter over diphthongs). Normally a word bears only one accent, and only on one of its last three syllables: • ultima = last syllable of a word • penult = next to last syllable of a word • antepenult = third to last syllable of a word
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Ancient Greek scholars say the accented vowel had a rising tone and so marked it with a line rising from left-to-right: / (acute accent). • All other vowels had a falling tone, but this was mostly not marked. When it was marked, a line falling left-to-right was used: \ (grave accent). • If an accent on a word was not pronounced for some reason, the syllable which was normally accented shows a grave accent (\) instead. For example, a final accented syllable before another word was typically not accented: τιμή but τιμὴ δέ.
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accenting short vowel sounds • The vowels ᾰ, ε, ῐ, ο, and ῠ are short. • When accented, the acute accent appears above these vowels: ά, έ, ί, ό, and ύ. • The diphthongs (combinations) –αι and –οι are considered short for purposes of accent, but only at the end of a word. The accent appears over the ι: ναί, ἐμοί
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accenting long vowel sounds • The vowels ᾱ, η, ῑ, ω, and ῡ are long. • Long vowels are, as their name suggests, long, in fact double-length, vowel sounds: ᾱ=αα,η=εε,ῑ=ιι,ω=οο,and ῡ = υυ
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accenting long vowel sounds • If the first part of this sound bears the accent, then the whole vowel has a rising tone (/) then a falling tone (\), so it is marked ^ (circumflex) over the vowel. άὰ=ᾶ,έὲ=ῆ,ίὶ=ῖ,όὸ=ῶ,ύὺ=ῦ • If the second part of the sound bears the accent, then the whole vowel sound has a falling tone (\) then a rising tone (/). The falling tone, as usual, is not written. ὰά=ά,ὲέ=ή,ὶί=ί,ὸό=ώ,ὺύ=ύ
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accenting long vowel sounds • When the second of two consecutive vowels is an ιor υ, the pair is a diphthong. The same rules for marking an acute (/) or circumflex (^) apply as for long vowels, and the accent is always written over the second vowel: • άὶ=αῖέὶ=εῖόὶ=οῖύὶ=υῖ • ὰί=αίὲί=είὸί=οίὺί=υί • άὺ=αῦέὺ=εῦόὺ=οῦ • ὰύ=αύὲύ=εύὸύ=ού
ELEMENTARY GREEK ACCENTS Accenting long vowel sounds • In Attic and Koine Greek, the vowels α, εand οcontract when they meet. The same rules for marking an acute (/) or circumflex (^) apply as for long vowels and diphthongs: • ά+ὲ=ᾶά+ὸ=ῶὰ+ έ =άὰ+ό=ώ • έ+ὰ=ῆέ+ὸ=οῦὲ+ά=ήὲ+ό=ού • ό+ὰ =ῶό +ὲ=οῦὸ +ά=ώὸ +έ =ού
ELEMENTARY GREEK Most words in Greek have “recessive” accent = the accent wants to “recede” back (“left”) to the antepenult. • The length of the vowel in the ultima determines how far back the accent can recede. • If the ultima is short, the accent recedes to the antepenult: κωλύομεν accent on antepenult short ultima
ELEMENTARY GREEK Most words in Greek have “recessive” accent = the accent wants to “recede” back (“left”) to the antepenult. • The accent can appear as part of the circumflex accent. • If the ultima is short, the accent recedes to the antepenult: κόὸλονκῶλον accent on antepenult accent short ultima short ultima
ELEMENTARY GREEK Most words in Greek have “recessive” accent = the accent wants to “recede” back (“left”) to the antepenult. • The length of the vowel in the theultima determines how far back the accent can recede. • If the ultima is long (= two shorts), the accent recedes only to the penult: κωλυόμεεν κωλυόμην accent on penult long ultima
ELEMENTARY GREEK Most words in Greek have “recessive” accent = the accent wants to “recede” back (“left”) to the antepenult. • If the ultima is long, the accent can recede only to the penult. • In this scenario, the accent can appear only as an acute: κὸόλουκώλου accent long ultima
ELEMENTARY GREEK The chart of general restrictions on accents (Shelmerdine p.3): Some words do not have recessive accent. We will study these as we proceed through the class.
ELEMENTARY GREEK PUNCTUATION Greek uses four marks of punctuation: • full stop . (period) • half stop · (colon; Greek for “limb”; ~ semi-colon) • pause , (comma; Greek for “stamp mark”) • question mark ; Quotation marks: strictly speaking, a capital letter marks the beginning of a direct quote, but often modern texts add quotation marks for clarity.
ELEMENTARY GREEK Finally, to return to our first observation, that Greek spells words the way they sound, a note about elision: • If a Greek elided or contracted words when he spoke, he wrote them in contracted form. • In formal English, we write only uncontracted forms (“stop and go” instead of “stop ‘n’ go” etc), regardless of how we pronounce them. Formal Greek writing, however, shows the contractions.
ELEMENTARY GREEK An example of elision: μετὰ ἐμοῦ= with me remember, saying two vowels together is bad, so most of the time, this phrase is elided to: μετ’ ἐμοῦ= wit’ me
ELEMENTARY GREEK for tomorrow (Thursday, August 25, 2005): • Quiz: write out the charts of (1) long and short vowels (2) consonants • Prepare Exercises 1-3 in Shelmerdine Chapter 1 (pp. 4-5)