How do you pronounce η (eta)?

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Posted in categories: Ancient Greek, Linguistics, Mediaeval Greek, Modern Greek

How do I pronounce eta?

In Modern Greek: /i/.

When reading Ancient Greek to myself, still /i/. I’m Greek, which makes me Reuchlinian, as Haggen Kennedy described: I pronounce Ancient Greek as Modern Greek to myself.

When reading Ancient Greek out loud, or describing Ancient Greek historically, I do not use whatever weird-ass Pronunciation of Ancient Greek in teaching they have in these parts. I do what we reasonably think eta originally was: [ɛː].

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