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Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 10 01:21:06 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> 'oxi

Homer made do with a monosyllabic long omicron, spelled "ou." OTOH, moderns
have coalesced Homer's diphthonged "nai" into the /nE/ that Larry notes,
but without bothering to update the spelling. The legendary linguist, Mario
Pei, noted this phenomenon when he pointed out - or, perhaps, merely
asserted - that Greek-speaking sheep of today supposedly say "vee, vee,"
instead of  "baa, baa," as all other good, Indo-European-speaking sheep do,
because the Greeks have retained the ancient orthography, despite the fact
that the sounds represented by that orthography are no longer extant.

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