Saturday, April 24, 2010 6:14:58 AM
@Angilion: A) You don't need to explain transliteration (you pompous a**). B) "But I don`t speak modern Greek, let alone the relevant version of ancient Greek. Do you?" Um, actually, I do know ancient Greek but as FinalReport said: C) "...we have NO MEANS OF KNOWING how the Ancient Greeks pronounced their words." The word in ancient Greek is spelled with a beta, however, which leads me to reiterate that it is spelled Lesbos. Throughout the centuries Greek letters have changed so that in modern Greek beta now makes a "v" sound. When you transliterate into English NOW it is Lesvos, but the conventional "Lesbos" still stands with scholars as the agreed upon pronunciation from the ancient, which is where the word lesbian was derived from. D) We`ll just have to agree to disagree on this, considering that you`ve already stated that you DON`T KNOW THE LANGUAGE.
Friday, April 23, 2010 10:17:53 PM
Hi, I have studied Attic Greek (Ancient Greek), and I would like to add that we have NO MEANS OF KNOWING how the Ancient Greeks pronounced their words. There are no recordings to refer to. Therefore, we can only rely on the modern pronunciations. In my greek class, we would always pronounce the letter "beta" with a "b" sound. Beta is the letter in question here, and the greek would be pronounced (formally, and by my class at least) as "Lesbos". Also, and formally again, the "v" sound did not exist. The character "v" in the Greek alphabet instead was called "nu" and pronounced as "n". BUT there is a sigma before the letter beta, and this might suggest a change the pronunciation of the "bee" sound to more of "ve" sound in conversation. This would then be something similar to a contraction, a colloquial change in the pronunciation just because it makes it easier to say. (try saying "ss&quo