[b-greek] Re: Help on Teaching Contract Vowels

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 08:57:51 EDT

I think this was meant for the list rather than just for me.

>From: "Karen Spray" <karen.spray@lineone.net>
>To: "Carl W. Conrad" <cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu>
>Subject: Re: [b-greek] Re: Help on Teaching Contract Vowels
>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:03:48 +0100
>----- Original Message -----
>> >Does anyone have a song / chant / poem to aid memorization of vowel
>> >contractions? (or a set of such memory aids?)
>> >
>> Not really a mnemonic device, but ... One of the observations I've found
>> useful pedagogically is to note :
>> (a) that O-vowels prevail over both A- and E- vowels, that A-vowels
>> over E-vowels in contraction;
>> (b) that the spurious diphthong OU is produced by O + E, E + O, and O + O;
>> (c) that the spurious diphthong EI is produced by E + E and E + EI;
>> (d) that when O combines with EI, the E is squeezed out, while when A
>> combines with EI, the E is squeezed out and the I becomes a subscript.
>Sounds like you could develop a varient of the 'scissors/ paper/ rock' game
>to get it into their heads<g>. And there must be a version of Old MacDonald
>in there somewhere with all those EI EI O's.
>Love, Karen

Carl W. Conrad
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