[CrackMonkey] latin in the hands of the proletariat
nick at zork.net
Thu Jan 6 10:21:50 PST 2000
begin Rick Moen quotation:
> > Seth thinks my Latin pronunciation is wrong. He may be right.
> We'll simply have to check with some native Latin speakers.
Or maybe we should just extrapolate from the rich body of
poetry and prose written in the language.
Erasmian pronunciation of Greek, for example, was rather
logically extracted from a large body of work. Unfortunately, it's
likely to have been only used in a very small segment of the
Greek-speaking world at the time.
As much as I dog on Erasmian pronunciation (I grew up around
folks who spoke modern demotic Greek), it was derived using some
fairly well-understood methods.
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