Greek Resources for the Blind

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Louis L Sorenson
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Greek Resources for the Blind

Post by Louis L Sorenson » June 28th, 2011, 8:21 pm

Sarah Blake wrote in the archives ... 54987.html

I have saved numerous posts on the question of best grammars, lexicons, etc, on both B-Greek and B-Hebrew, and found them helpful. I would like to visit this question from a slightly different angle and hope that you all will indulge me.I am working with a nonprofit organization that provides texts in alternate format for people who are blind, specializing in biblical studies material. We are attempting to prioritize future transcription projects based on the likelihood that a book may be in need. Knowing that it is impossible to know where a blind student will enroll, my questions are as follows:

For those who are teaching currently, what texts are you using in your classroom?
What reference materials do you expect or recommend your students to consult outside class? (Please exclude Greek/Hebrew Bibles from this list, as these are default expectations.)
If your student could not access the particular grammar for your course, is there a "next best" grammar that you would be able to work with to enable the student to complete your course?

P.S. If you are the author of an original language grammar and would like to work with us to get your grammar into accessible format, please contact me offlist. We could use your help, especially if your language is Hebrew.
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While looking in the library I noticed that Goetchius' Language of the New Testament Greek is in braille. ... rch=Search. Any other resources out there?

Stephen Hughes
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Re: Greek Resources for the Blind

Post by Stephen Hughes » April 18th, 2017, 6:04 am

[I am putting this together with what was written 6 years ago, because I believe it is still relevant and closely related.]

After a recent conversation with a young man in his 20's who is interested in learning Greek, I'm wondering which Braille alphabet is generally used for New Testament Greek?

In my, albiet sighted, opinion, it seems that for reading in the restored Koine pronunciation, would be the Modern Greek Braille system, with its separate characters for the (former diphthongs, but now) digraphs or V-C pairs αι, ει, οι, υι, αυ, ευ, ηυ, ου. What is lacking, is the breathings, polytonic accents and iota subscripts. Does anybody have a better idea, or know of an existing convention than accepting the Modern Greek Braille system, with the addition (in effect a modification of the meaning of the Modern Greek accent character) of the polytonic accent system from International Greek Braille, and stilulating tnat if a iota follows a long vowel it is silent? I am not sure about breathings.

The polytonic accents are position 4 for acute, 5 for circumflex and 6 for grave in the international Greek Braille system, while the single accent marker is at position 5 in the Modern Greek Braile system.

Other accessibilty issues include the inability for his current software to convert Greek text to speech. While websites can be read out quite easily, giving access to online resources probably means including somebody actually reading and uploading files of Greek.

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