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Subject: Re: Edited to add more
Author: তন্ময় ভট   (guest)
Date: March 1, 2009 at 1:34:02 PM
Reply to: Re: Edited to add more by Lumia
A placeholder till the more knowledgeable reply:

In Greek, γγ has long been pronounced ng. I do not know the exact origin of this and, to top it, Greek pronounciation has undergone major changes (stops have become fricatives in non-nasal contexts), and lost much of the dialectical variations, so that modern pronounciation is not a good guide to many phenomenon. But, at least in the gamma-gamma and the gamma-chi contexts, the first gamma is a nasal sound, and in gamma-kappa it is a non-nasal stop, not a fricative. (More understandably, a preceding nasal often merely marks a modern fricative as a stop.)

In any case, at least today, it is an orthographic issue: and Evaggelos is a transliteration which captures the orthography and *not* the pronounciation, Evangelos does the opposite. I do not know where the use of ni-gamma appeared in the few examples on Google: whether they are mistakes or regional orthography.

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