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Re: VMs: Phrase
13/11/2003 7:30:13 AM, Rene Zandbergen <r_zandbergen@xxxxxxxxx>
>--- Jacques Guy <jguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> A Greek word can only end in a vowel, or in a member
>> of a
>> very small subset of the consonants. Sigma is one of
>> and so are nu and rho, psi, and xi. Tau is not.
>To what extent is that true for the various historic
>versions of the language?
Off the top of my head, without diving into any
Greek texts I have lying about, to a very great
extent. Just think of how foreign names were
incorporated into Greek, Egyptian names in
>I further have to admit I know of no Greek word
>ending in psi.
All nominative singulars of athematic nouns
ending in a labial plosive, cyclops for instance.
Velars give xi (thorax <- thorak-, phalanx
<- phalang-...) while dentals disappear leaving
the lone sigma (lampas <- lampad-, leôs <- leont-
... can't think of more, my Greek is _ancient_!)
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