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Headword: Ἰῶτα
Adler number: iota,508
Translated headword: iota
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The simple sound, the letter.
Greek Original:
Ἰῶτα: τὸ στοιχεῖον, τὸ γράμμα.
Notes:
On stoikheion, see eta 614.
The Semitic letter yod (Hebrew י) represented a semivowel like English y, but this sound had been lost in Greek before the separation of the dialects, so the letter was available for use as a vowel in the Greek alphabets. See LSJ entry at web address 1.
Reference:
M. Lejeune, Phonétique historique du mycénien et du grec ancien, Paris, 1972, pp. 165-173, 237.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 22 January 2002@19:29:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 31 August 2002@09:28:00.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 March 2008@01:15:26.
Catharine Roth (updated bibliography) on 5 June 2008@11:21:44.
Raphael Finkel (added Hebrew) on 5 June 2008@12:27:38.

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