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Itacism (coined after ἰωτακισμός; iōtakismós, from ἰωτακίζω (iōtakízō) < *ἰωτατίζω (iōtatízō), ‘to pronounce like ἰῶτα, iôta’) means in the first instance the ‘pronunciation of the name of the letter ἦτα, êta, as [ita]’ and thus of the letter η as [i]. By this is meant 1) in a narrower sense the undifferentiated pronunciation of the letters or combinations of letters ει, η, ηι (ῃ), ι, οι, υ as [i], as came about in Greek towards the end of the 10th cent., 2) in a wider sense the pronunciation of all letters o…

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Haebler, Claus (Münster), “Itacism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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