[b-greek] Re: Pronunciation Help

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Tue Mar 05 2002 - 10:45:41 EST

At 10:16 AM -0500 3/5/02, David J. Sugg wrote:
>I have a question on the pronunciation of PNEUMA. Is the Pi pronounced or
>silent? I am not really interested in how it would have been pronounced
>originally, I just want to be sure others who know Koine Greek will
>understand what I am saying. Mounce teaches pronounceing each consonant,
>but someone told me recently that PNEUMA should be pronounced 'NEW-mah',
>much like in english we would pronounce 'pneumatic.' So if I want to be
>understood by a group of Greek scholars, like those inhabiting this list,
>how should I say PNEUMA, 'NEW-mah' or 'p-NEW-mah'?

It's a matter of question whether "the inhabitants of this list"--or the
subscribers, at any rate--would all do anything the same way, but I would
expect most of those who teach or have taught Greek would urge you to
pronounce the "p."

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Emeritus)
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