[b-greek] questionaire on preferences

From: Randall Buth (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 14:38:10 EDT

shalom b-greek,

 I would appreciate some input on hypothetical preferences among the

NB: Please respond to the questionaire itself OFFLIST. If you want to
an issue from the questionaire "on list", that is fine, but simply
answering the
questions should be OFFLIST so as not to create 'clutter'. My email is

There are only two questions and answering can be done by number and
letter or by copying the email. Question one will be especially helpful to
regardless of preferences on question two.

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1. ASSUMING that someone was going to learn to approximate a 1c
KOINE GREEK pronunciation, ... (choose 'A' or 'B'):
     we should promote a PRACTICAL historical pronunciation of consonants
is relatively easy for speakers of major world languages like English,
[Thus, for Koine Greek we could accept the modern (=Erasmian) voiceless
fricatives (FI, QETA, CI) on practical grounds, even accepting that such
voiceless fricatives may be anachronistically early by three centuries.
The voiced fricatives (veta, ghamma, partly dhelta) would already be
on historical principles for the first century (for data see Horrocks 1997
     we should promote a relatively AUTHENTIC historical pronunciation of
[This would involve distinguishing "unaspirated Tau" from "aspirated Teta",

"unaspirated Kappa" from "aspirated Ki". (note spellings Teta and Ki,
like English) The voiced fricatives (veta, ghamma, partly dhelta) would
be accepted on historical principles for the first century CE]

Please answer question one from the perspective of being about to invest
500-1000 hours of study in speaking Koine.

2. Students should learn to pronounce KOINE GREEK
     a1. like modern Greek, (because the Greeks own the language.)
     a2. like modern Greek, (because that's the way I learned it.)
     b1. like Attic [Allen-Daitz], (because Attic is the standard base
          and Allen-Daitz is the most authentic representation.)
     b2. like Attic [Allen-Daitz], (because that's the way I learned
     c1. like Erasmian Attic, (because it's the commonest in non-Greek
     c2. like Erasmian Attic, (because that's the way I learned it.)
     d1. as close to Koine as possible, (either 1A or 1B above.)
     d2. as close to Koine as possible, (another the way I learned.)
     e1. any way one pleases, (because no one can know/cares how to speak
          a dead language.)
     e2. any way one pleases, (because that's the way I do/learned it.)

respondants may ignore the parenthetical reasons by giving 2 + (abcde)
without an additional number. E.g. An answer "2a" means simply
"like modern Greek".

I'll publish a summary count if/when over 30 people respond to the

Thank you for your help and interest.

Randall Buth

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