On Sat, 19 Feb 2005 07:00:31 +0000, Ray Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The verb survives into modern Greek, but with only two stems:
> /erx- /'present stem' with middle voice endings.
> /erT- / 'aorist stem' with active voice endings.

Perhaps more precisely, /erT- / ~ /elT- /, with the form with /r/
being a more formal register and the one with /l/ more colloquial.

> In modern Greek "go" is /p'jeno/ "I go"

/pi'jeno/ (you seem to have dropped an /i/?)

> (no infinitive in M. Greek) with aorist /'pija/ "I went".

Well, I'd say /'piGa/, since |g| before back vowels is [G]. Though you
could write it as /pigeno/, /piga/, since it's the same phoneme
TTBOMK, but I wouldn't use /j/ as the symbol for that single phoneme.

There's also /'pao/ for "to go". I'm not sure on what basis speakers
select between /pa-/ and /pigen-/ in the present. The future is always
/(Ta) 'pao/, though.

Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>
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