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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. GREEK PRONUNCIATION. It has been remarked that to English or American Greek scholars landing at the port of Athens the oral language is as strange as though they were altogether ignorant of Greek. It may be conceded that a foreigner, from having studied Shakespeare, would not necessarily be prepared with a dialogue suited to circumstances on the pier of Dover. But, whatever the difference may be between a language at various epochs or between the language of books and ordinary conversation, no one can understand the speech of a people without being acquainted with their pronunciation. It is this that above all renders an Englishman helpless at the Pirasus. Generally it is easier to understand a foreign language at the lips of a native than when spoken by one whose vernacular it is not. But the one thing indispensable for an Englishman to understand Greek is that a Greek should not speak to him. The phrases may be of the most classical kind, but they convey no sense to his ear: and, however cultivated the native on his part may be, the language put into sound by an Englishman is incomprehensible to bim. 'The Greeks of To-day,' by Charles K. Tuckermann, late Minister Resident of the U.S. at Athens. New York, 1873. Having learnt Greek at Harrow and Oxford, it was certainly quite unintelligible to me when I first heard its Grecian sounds by tbe Lake of Geneva. It was not till an unmistakable word afforded a clue, which the honey of a Swiss breakfast-table gave an opportunity of following up by an allusion to Xenophon, that I learnt from my acquaintances that their language was Greek. In olden times, when Theodoras was Archbishop of Canterbury (a.d. 659) and many in England were acquainted with Greek,f I suppose that they spoke it so that it could...
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