Consonantal iota

Rod Decker (
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 15:48:18 -0500

This may be in the provenance of those of you who are classicists as it is
not a direct feature in b-greek:

Was consonantal iota ever written as a distinct glyph (if I may use that
designation somewhat loosely), or is the only distinction morphological/
contextual (and not orthographical)?

Are there other names for this character that are sometimes or commonly
used? I assume that the ref. in Smyth (#109ff) to a "semi-vowel" is a
broader term and not a synonym for consonantal iota?

Does anyone know of any discussion of consonantal iota in the grammars? I
find passing mention in Smyth; nothing in BDF, and nothing in Moulton (v.
1-2). (I may have missed it, but it is not indexed and I didn't find it
scanning the relevant sections.)



Rodney J. Decker, Asst. Prof./NT Baptist Bible Seminary Clarks Summit, PA