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From: "Raymond Brown" <[log in to unmask]>

> At 9:53 pm +0200 26/4/02, Philip Newton wrote:

> >I've seen sigma-iota used for /S/ on Cyprus, where that combination
> >does represent /S/ in the local dialect... for example, "cholocate" is
> >s-o-k-o-l-a-ta /soko"lata/ in mainland Greece but s-i-o-k-o-l-a-t-a
> >/Soko"lata/ on Cyprus. Or compare "sieftalies", which is a kind of
> >Cypriot sausage, which is also pronounced with an initial /S/.
>
> Interesting - I know very little about Cypriot Greek which, I understand,
> differs in several respects from mainstream Greek - but that seems always
> to have been the case however far back one goes   :)

Bear in mind that Cyprus has a large Turkish-speaking minority, and Turkish
has /S/, /Z/, /tS/ and /dZ/.