Punctuation and Pronunciation

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Punctuation and Pronunciation

Postby Rita Ho » December 31st, 2011, 6:00 am

I attended the first lesson of Greek and have read Chapter 1-4 of "Basics of Biblical Greek" written by William D. Mounce. Two questions appeared in my mind:
1. Sign: What is the meaning of the sign “~”? How does it use?
2. Pronunciation: How to pronounce Ίσραήλ? “Is ra el” or “Yos ra el”? I am not sure towards the proper sound of ι as the word’s first letter.

Thank you and look forward to having the reply.

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Re: Punctuation and Pronunciation

Postby Stephen Carlson » January 1st, 2012, 8:59 am

Rita Ho wrote:I attended the first lesson of Greek and have read Chapter 1-4 of "Basics of Biblical Greek" written by William D. Mounce. Two questions appeared in my mind:


Welcome to learning Greek. I taught from that book last year, so I've got a copy I can check.

Rita Ho wrote:I1. Sign: What is the meaning of the sign “~”? How does it use?


I'm not exactly sure what you're referring to (a page number would help), but ~ is one of the two common forms for writing a circumflex accent. Mounce's textbook uses the other form (p. 13), so it may be unfamiliar to you. The difference is merely one of appearance. I prefer to the simple curve, not the squiggle ~.

Rita Ho wrote:I2. Pronunciation: How to pronounce Ίσραήλ? “Is ra el” or “Yos ra el”? I am not sure towards the proper sound of ι as the word’s first letter.


The first option is preferable.

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Re: Punctuation and Pronunciation

Postby Rita Ho » January 3rd, 2012, 11:40 am

"Thank you, Stephen."

Yes, your reply is true. From today's lession, I learned that my current teacher incline to use the "~" as the circumflex that its form is not the same as the Mounce's book.


Thanks.


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