Pronunciation of Σίγμα and Ζήτα.

How does one produce these sounds? They're not quite like sibilants found in most Euro languages.

September 4, 2016


    It's very easy!

    You should consider all σ/σσ/ς letters as "ss" . It is true that in the end of a word, ς, especially when preceded by ο, may sound a bit thicker and might be associated with a sh sound; it's not though!!

    A ζ is always a z sound. It might be lighter as in zebra with certain vowels (think ρύζι), or thicker as in measure (ζουζούνι) but it is always a z sound.

    (OK, to be fair, σ before μ sounds like a ζ...)

    September 4, 2016

    Ζ, ζ is always [z]. About Σ,σ,ς: It depends on the following letter, even it is in the next word. Before voiced consonant it is [z]. Voiced consonants in Modern Greek are: β, δ, ζ, γ, (ν), λ,ρ,μ, ν and μπ, ντ, τζ, γκ. Εxception is λ. So i.e. σβούρα=[z]voura, σμπάρος=[z]baros. See the classical book of Greek Grammar by Manolis Triantafyllidis, page 8: in the document. In all other cases Σ,σ,ς is [s]

    September 6, 2016

    Oh, it is the grammatics of the great Greek linguist Manolis Triandafyllidis. Thank you very much

    January 4, 2017

    Not really helpful. After some searching I found something.

    September 6, 2016

    Sorry, if it didn't help much. The above Greek Grammar is a reference book though. Just it written in Greek. It is a complete guide, even the native Greeks don't know the grammatical phenomena included in this book. Unfortunately in Greek.

    September 7, 2016
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