etacism definition

  • noun:
    • The pronunciation of Greek eta just like the Italian long e, or perhaps the vowel when you look at the English word ate.
    • The pronunciation associated with the Greek η (eta) like Italian e long, this is certainly like a in the English word consumed. See itacism.
    • The Erasmian pronunciation of ancient Greek, characterized by giving the letter η its ancient sound of a in mate or ey in they: opposed to iotacism, the Reuchlinian and modern Greek method, which gives to η and to some other vowels and some diphthongs the sound of e in be or i in machine.

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