Talk of a morphophonemic approach to ancient Greek may sound foreign, but we already know it intuitively. The term “morphophonemic” refers to the combination of roots and markers and the sound changes that occur especially when certain consonants collide. For instance, explaining λέξω as the product of λεγ (root) + σ (future marker) + ω (personal marker) employs morphophonemics. The approach helps us understand why final forms look the way they do, and we can predict and analyze words correctly before we’ve memorized charts and lists.

The instructional demos below not only illustrate the morphophonemic approach to Greek word formation but also show the pedagogical value of having an animated audiobook of Greek word formation no matter the book one uses to teach ancient Greek.

[demos are being developed this Fall, 2019]

Demo 1: The Accusative Singular

Demo 2: The Sigmatic Aorist

Demo 3: Feminine Active Participles

Demo 4: The Past Progressive