Day: June 25, 2016

Why does the Greek alphabet have the letters Xi (ξ) and Psi (ψ)?

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So… what did I find when I was looking at the history of the Greek alphabets, in Jeffrey’s monograph?… The second problem is that not all the sibilants were present in all the dialects. Most Greek scripts initially avoided xi, and wrote /ks/ as ΧΣ; Jeffery (1990:32) suspects the Ionians held on to it […]