Gignac on χθ & φθ Word Medial Consonant Clusters

Maybe I’m obsessing. Probably. But in any case, I felt validated when these two volumes arrived at my door from Italy.

Here’s what he says:



And here is his evidence:




Francis Gignac, A Grammar of the Greek Papayri of the Roman and Byzantine Periods (Vol. 1; Milano: Istituo Editoriale Cisalpino, 1976), 86, 88-89.

All in all, in light of this, I’d say our English-ization of “dipthong” (δίφθογγος) hasn’t missed the boat on its pronunciation here.

2 thoughts on “Gignac on χθ & φθ Word Medial Consonant Clusters

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    1. Yes, but I wouldn’t phrase it like that.

      I think we’ve talked about this before how the historical change from aspirated stops to fricatives for φ, θ, κλτ was sometime near the 1st century-2nd century era.

      Because the φθ would have been an orthographic representation for the phonemes /ptʰ/, just because the /tʰ/ becausee /th/, there’s no reason that the /p/ would change to /f/.

      That is to say, it was /pʰ/, /kʰ/, and /tʰ/ that changed to /ɸ/, /x/, and /θ/, not /p/, /k/, and /t/.

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