Friday, August 26, 2011
Walker: Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin and Scripture Proper Names
A Key to the Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin and Scripture Proper Names by John Walker (1804)
This is a pronouncing guide to the stressed syllables - not the vowel quantities - of the proper names of Greek, Latin and Biblical Hebrew. Here is the very fulsome title presented on the book's title page: "A key to the classical pronunciation of Greek, Latin and Scripture proper names, in which the words are accented and divided into syllables exactly as they ought to be pronounced, according to rules drawn from analogy and the best usage, to which are added, terminational vocabularies of Hebrew, Greek and Latiln proper names, in which the words are arranged according to their final syllables, and classed according to their accents, by which the general analogy of pronunciation may be seen at one view, and the accentuation of each word more easily remembered, concluding with observations on the Greek and Latin accent and quantity, with some probable conjectures on the method of freeing them from the obscurity and confusion in which they are involved, both by the ancients and moderns." That just about says it all!