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Syllable and mora count for long vowel with iota subscript?

I'm not aware of any evidence that "long diphthongs" like ῃ were prosodically different from "short diphthongs" or from long vowels. (BTW the "long diphthong" category ...
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What happened to the expected -ε- thematic vowel in present active indicative 1 p sg and 3 p pl?

In Proto-Indo-European, an alternation between *e and *o is common (sometimes also including lengthened *ē and *ō, or zero (the vowel disappearing)). This alternation is commonly called "ablaut&...
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Recitation of the Iliad

Stephen Daitz's recitation of the Iliad was at least before and probably still is the most regarded. However, I believe it's not freely available online. Instead, you'll have to track it down from a ...
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Compensative lengthening of ε and ο to η and ω in Homeric Greek

In earlier Greek, there were four different types of mid vowels: The short monophthongs ε ο /e o/, inherited from PIE *e *o The long monophthongs ει ου /eː oː/, created through contraction and ...
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Syllable and mora count for long vowel with iota subscript?

The short answer is that counting moras is not simply a matter of counting short and long vowels. Understanding moras, actually begins with counting the types of "acceptable" syllables ...
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Why could initial iota not create diphthongs?

Latin had a phonemic /j/ and /w/ separate from the vowels /i/ and /u/, hence contrasts like Julius vs Iulus. The short answer is that "Ancient" Greek—as in Classical Attic—simply didn't. ...
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What happened to the expected -ε- thematic vowel in present active indicative 1 p sg and 3 p pl?

This is a basic Indo-European phenomenon called “ablaut”: the fluctuation between e and o in parallel forms. We have it also in legō (with e) vs logos (with o in the root syllable). In the personal ...
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