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On the Phonology and Orthography of the Thessalian Mid-Long Vowels


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Scarborough, Matthew JC 

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In all attested periods of the Ancient Thessalian dialect there are two mid-long vowels, written as and in the archaic epichoric alphabet and and in the Ionic alphabet. Traditionally the Ionic alphabet spellings have been explained as raised mid-high vowels /eː/ and /oː/. This paper problematizes this assumption, examining evidence from inscriptions transitional between the two scripts, and proposes that the spellings <ΕΙ> and <ΟΥ> may be plausibly interpreted instead as a specifically Thessalian standardized orthography for central-mid vowels /e̞ː/ and /o̞ː/.

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This is the final published version of the article. It was originally published in the 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Scarborough, Matthew J. C. 2014. "On the Phonology and Orthography of the Thessalian Mid-Long Vowels" In: 11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Rhodes, 26-29 September 2013): Selected Papers / Πρακτικά, ed. by G. Kotzoglou, K. Nikolou, E. Karantzola, K. Frantzi, I. Galantomos, M. Georgalidou, V. Kourti-Kazoulis, C. Papadopoulou & E. Vlachou, 1535-48. Rhodes: Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean.). The final version is available at http://www.rhodes.aegean.gr/Assets/announcements/diafora/ICGL-Conf.html

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11th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Rhodes, 26-29 September 2013): Selected Papers

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Rhodes: Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean

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