erasmian vs koine greek

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. About 15 million people around the world, especially in Greece and Cyprus, speak Greek. 3. I don’t understand why we need a constructed (or re-constructed) pronunciation in the first place. Oh dear not only are you the same person as Maximus but the examples you give like Silvanus, David and etc are all from the early Christian Period when the evolution of vowel sounds were practically complete. The teaching of Greek is based on a roughly Erasmian model, but in practice, it is heavily skewed towards the phonological system of German or the other host language. Why would you be using Erasmian, somthing which was trying to reconstruct how the language sounded thousands of years earlier than the bible was written? It is for this reason that I choose the Attic/Erasmian pronunciation as my standard when reading koine Greek: every letter carefully pronounced as written, including diphthongs and diacritics, accent and hard breathings. I don’t have handy a book from a greek archaeologist that wrote a book recently (I think circa 2010) that presents a different aspect of the history of the greek language. 2. you are one and the same as pavlakis…same writing style lol Λιμός + Λοιμός are modern Greek words too. However, despite all of that knowledge the ‘average’ graduate here has trouble understanding vocabulary from context, can not communicate in English, enjoy a movie without subtitles, nor can read a news paper or novel. And as you may know, the greek language at some point in the past did not have spaces among the different words because a space *would break the rhythm* of the language. The "Ecclesiastical" pronunciation is the same as modern Greek. I find it quite stupid that you should believe that the Roman,Hebrew and Coptic pronunciation influences that survive in modern Greek is originally Greek whereas I seek the pure Greek sounds of the ancients. I noted in my presentation that whenever I travel to Greece (which I do every year to photograph New Testament manuscripts with CSNTM) I leave Erasmus behind. English has 11 vowel sounds whereas Koine Greek had 5/6 depending on what scholar you ask. I studied under the late Glen Riddle, whose koine Greek had a pronounced (!) One of the main causes of error in the transmission of the text of the New Testament is itacism. Classical period: 5th-4th century BC ( Apparently there are still Greeks in Greece who still pronounce AY as a diphthong. More on that in a moment. Nevertheless, the beauty of the language and the text came through loud and clear in every class he taught. Others attempted to explain it as a “Holy Ghost language,” meaning that God created a special language just for the Bible. If that can happen virtually overnight–and it’s a couple of major changes–surely the several changes in phonetics over the centuries is not unimaginable. View DanielBWallace’s profile on Facebook, Free online classical Greek lessons - Christian Forums, Are classicists disrespecting the Greek language? that helps us learn about ancient pronunciation. But, here’s the question: do you have any idea about how the mycenaean greek was pronounced? ok wow a long babble just to say you don’t like my reference when you have not offered any evidence other than ones from the post classical age? I see where you draw confidence from, then. ), You’re joking right? It was the same for the Greeks themselves – apart from the venerable but highly deviant Iliad, the culture of the Athenian golden age and its immediate aftermath was the golden standard and all those coming afterwards were epigones; so it was natural that the ancient Greeks themselves chose to preserve incredibly faithfully the written form that corresponded to that time in terms of pronunciation as well as, mostly, of other features, even though their actual pronunciation was rapidly changing. The Erasmian pronunciation, as we learn it today, cannot have been used by ancient Greeks by virtue of the fact that how we pronounce it is so heavily dependent on our own native tongues (in my case, American English). He was born and raised in Galilee and Judea in a non-hellenistic working class family. However, perhaps the Chalcedonian Creed sung with pronunciation A, or pronunciation B, or X, Y, or Z would sound as beautiful? ). it is a bit ambitious to saying that they are learning it just the way that Paul or Peter spoke it. There are countless other arguments against erasmian pronunciation. Who cares how it was pronounced at that time as long as we can interpret the written word today? But as I’ve grown in my knowledge of language in general, I’ve wondered whether that was an adequate explanation. I would do away with vowel length distinctions and the Classical pitch accent since 1) they are probably difficult for English speakers and 2) there is no sense using them for reading Koine Greek, i.e. (Restored) Classical - a linguistically-informed … My desire is to use a use a “plausible” pronunciation. Yes, aesthetic. I sounds like “i” but also sounds like “j” . For example, “v” is much more pleasant than “b” for beta, so is “f” instead of “p -h” and “th” instead of “t-h” or “z” instead of “dz” etc. Using a comparative approach you can derive associations and evolutionary rules that can explain some of the phenomena. thank you. So, the sounds will most likely need to be mediated through a normalized system, and what better system (although, true, still mediated) than the common tongue, which for your students and mine, is English. I will not copy the whole page as this is borderline acceptable, so I’ll just paste here the relevant sentences that make up the meaning. As soon as I abandoned the Erasmian pronunciation and switch to modern Greek pronunciation, I started to internalize the language and develop an innate sense of the language. If you take for granted that this is true, then the sentences above can be used as examples to support the theory, even if we don’t have any *proof* that those sentences stand valid or not. would you take the linguistic theory as something scientific or as something racistic and political vicious attack against your nation and country? E.g. In my grammar I include dozens and dozens of artifacts, and ran across this wax tablet that I included in Ch.1: No matter how much effort goes into this and how much one wishes for it to be as correct as possible it will never be. 3/ Horrocks, page 163: “[…] In more popular varieties, however, the diphthong /ε:i/ (ηι/η/) seems to have partly fallen together with /e:/ (normally written ει, cf. Was “oi” pronounced “oy”, or “ü” or “ee”? Is it the conquerors or the conquered ones that prevailed? You *assume* that there is no “v” in that dialect, you *assume* that different tribes from all over the asia influenced the core greek spoken in the “mother”-land, and you *assume* that most of the linguistic transformations used to explain linguistic phenomena are valid end-to-end. One thing that scholars and others tend to forget, is that the greek language was prosodic (it sounded like a melody, sort of). This metre is designed to use six “fingers” (δακτύλους) each of which is consisted of one long and two short syllabes, with the possibility to exchange the two short syllabes with one long syllabe (and other trivia). In other syllables long vowels and diphthongs ending with i were reduced to the nearest short vowel : oi was reduced to short lax upsilon and both eta and ei to short lax iota. But, what is a teacher to do? for those new to Greek, Beginning with New Testament Greek is a user-friendly textbook for elementary Greek courses at the college or seminary level. If I interpret your sentence: “two sounds combined in one” to refer to a sound equivalent to the french “eux”, then we disagree on the terminology and our discussion cannot lead us anywhere. The problem is that, within a fixed pronunciation system like Erasmian, there are multiple versions of the ‘truth’. So even the scribe of washingtonianus was confused with the sound of ‘e’ and ‘ai’. By this time we have evidence for other sound changes relating to this one i.e. @marvis camat the Σιναϊτικός Κώδικας or Codex Sinaiticus was written aroun 330 – 360 ACE which is not early first century. Therefore here not a-ï but e-ï, and it was also customary for the final ï of most diphthongs in ï to be dropped for more elegance. “uummm I have the latest edition and he does not say that…nice try.”, and 300 A.D. Usually, there are two main schools of pronunciation: Erasmian vs Modern. If you suggest that AY is pronounced like A-U then you are wrong because this pronunciation is not used in the greek language. Who influences whom? As I have continued to ponder them, however, I began to realize that what may be driving the use of these constructions equally or sometimes primarily is the aural impact of the reoccurring sound patterns–for example, appositional statements often provide overloading of titles/important details of some referent, and do so through repeating the same ending, which produces aural impact. I find that most “issues” like this need to be treated compassionately (as you know), and also these situations are an opportunity and have pedagogical value. AD. Modern Greeks pronounce omicron and omega the same. The situation in German education may be representative of that in many other European countries. I recently wrote an essay in partial defense of Erasmian pronunciation that will be published in a book (no title yet) which offers essays in defense of different phonological systems for Koine Greek. I think I once asked Daniel Wallace as to which epoch in history did the Greeks changed their pronunciations from ‘erasmian’ into modern? My first Greek text book was the excellent “Elements of new Testament Greek” by H.P.V. Jannaris quotes the story of Voss, a Dutch scholar (1577-1649), as to how Erasmus heard some learned Greeks pronounced Greek in a very different way from the Byzantine custom. Coinciding with the release of Accordance 11.1, we are pleased to announce the release of the Audio Greek New Testament. I don’t understand why modern Greek speakers are emotionally invested in this issue. Why? An important discussion here. I hope you realise this is not just another ‘hurt’ Greek speaking here, but somebody who’s deeply interested in the Ancient Greek language and culture. But by all means, live by the delusion that Greek is the only language in the universe that hasn’t changed in terms of pronunciation. Your exchange was quite nasty. A great question indeed. -υι monophthongizes as /y(:)/ at least for some (late classical=?) One generation of Greek would not drop altogether the Erasmian (if in case that was the old Greek), I don’t know at what epoch of history did one Greek generation switched to what is called modern Greek way of pronunciation. Learning a language, especially for the purpose of Bible study, makes grammar resources essential. Beautiful, indeed. Does this mean that my study buddy and I can send our questions to you now? How does this seem? No evidence at all. So have you found a Mycenaean symbol that depicts av and ev? Wrong again, the Greek language is a hobby of mine I’m not a drop out phd but please keeanp feeding your delusions Pavlakis lol Also, I am really disappointed in you too because as a Greek myself (surprise!) If you can, what can this say about the relationship between the modern and the ancient pronounciations? Koine Greek Alphabet Song. If the Greeks, or non-Greeks who learned the Greek scriptures, made the attempt to transfer the Greek scriptures to non-Greek speaking communities, then in order for them (the nons) to comprehend what was being said in Greek, they had to pronounce it in ‘Erasmian’ way (Erasmus would yet be born later). I hesitate to conclude that, though, because my teachers really knew their stuff. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Also, keeping plosive values for β, δ, γ allows students to recognize the Greek roots in English words like “Bible” (which mayn’t be as obvious if βίβλoς were pronounced [‘vivlos].) Study guide. And so on, and so on. You are a derogation of whatever you stand for and I am really glad that it is not what I stand for. And a last comment: “Also it’s not that hard to figure out why there are so many vowels, archaic and classical Greek had a richness and diversity of vowels.”. The term diphthong applied to AY means it should be pronounced as AV or AF, not AU. I drop him like a bad habit once I board the plane and don’t renew my acquaintance with the Dutch humanist until I return to the States. Shakespeare, indeed, does sound “fine” to us in modern English (American or British), but it’s far from accurate. The aesthetic argument, supported. I really enjoy listening to recordings of the Greek NT made with the modern pronunciation. I have often reflected on the fact that I took about the same amount of Greek as I did Spanish, if you measure it in semesters, but I came out of my training with greater reading fluency in Spanish (and certainly greater speaking fluency) than in Greek. I want instant resources that I can touch type greek words and hear modern greek pronouncation to enhance my speed learning and one day i will relate to greek speaking people.I believe the bible collage world needs to came to terms with the new resources now and this means learning greek that is constant to the way 10 million greeks speak.Dont get left behind teaching method have changed.So what out there that consistant to my needs i have already have 20 odd textbooks. I for one would rather read a reference on the history of the language and learn some history and facts than the ramblings of a deluded Arvanite who thinks he is Hellenic in ancestry. Aristotle: 384 – 322 BC ( Textual Criticism. 3. δ /d/>/ð/ by 3rd-4th centuries AD (disagrees with Gignac’s claim that it fricativized first before /i/) In comparison, I find the staccato sound of modern Greek more harsh, pragmatic, simple and earthy, a bit like Spanish and like my own native tongue. Interesting combination of arguments: feelings and assertion that you know for a fact… No, we don’t know for a fact that Erasmian pronunciation was never used. My practical learner’s “keep-it-simple” pronunciation preserves the consonantal system of Erasmian. So, although we cannot be confident that we are exactly speaking like Paul might have beeeen, at least we are much closer than using Erasmian. My belief is that, yes, we surely should. Here scholars attempt to reconstruct how they believe Koine was pronounced at its time. Finally, to illustrate how reconstruction is possible–those reading this post would be interested to see an artifact dated to early 2nd century AD. There is also a dialect spoken during the Ottoman Empire called old Attic that pronounced OI as OU! In Classical Greek, the voiced stops were pronounced as [b] (b as in boy), [d] (d as in do), and [g] (g as in go).In the Koine period, these stops became fricatives and were pronounced as [β] (like Spanish b in trabajar), [ð] (like English th in this), and [É£]/[j] (a bit like gargling in some cases and like English y in year in other cases). So it is not strictly correct to indicate that Michael “is a student…”. I doubt Shakespeare sounded anything like a Texan cowboy but there you have it. Z may be prounounced /dz/, /zd/ or /z/. New Testament Greek-Joint Association of Classical Teachers 2001-12-06 Helps post-beginner-level students to read substantial extracts from the New Testament in Greek. Caragounis, R. Buth, M. Halcomb, it is this sort of evidence that collectively contributes to, Hi, let me clarify that Michael Halcomb had taken some classes taught by R. Buth and others, and has learned and teaches a Koine Era Pronunciation informed by much research. The chief argument of all these, was whether the apostolic church pronounced their scriptures using the ‘erasmian’ or modern greek way of pronunciation. Greek pronunciation varied by era: Homeric was different to Classical Attic, the dialects likely differed, and there was significant change between Classical and Koine Greek. All about making the sound more melodic. Thanks for continuing on his legacy! “Also, I’m still waiting for an example of “v” in Mycenaean Greek lol” So what about the Erasmian pronunciation? It is for this reason that I choose the Attic/Erasmian pronunciation as my standard when reading koine Greek: every letter carefully pronounced as written, including diphthongs and diacritics (accent and hard breathings). 2. not assumptions but from actual Greek reference texts which clearly state there was no av/ev until the early Christian period. This Greek pronunciation guide contains a brief history of the sounds of ancient, biblical (Koine), Erasmian, and modern Greek pronunciation and a comparative Greek pronunciation chart with audio files for the major conventions. Erasmian pronunciation is simply the application of English sounds onto the Greek alphabet. I wish that in terms of ‘internal evidence’ in textual criticism these ideas might be considered. I am not interested in your beliefs, I only seek evidence from actual academic text books. Easy, look up the Mycenaean sounds and symbols and NONE of them have av/ev. In the end of the day, I feel relieved that we disagree. The paper I delivered at SBL addresses these issues. 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