αφτί

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • αυτί (aftí) (spelling from alternative etymology)

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from the plural αφτιά (aftiá), extracted from article & noun τ' αφτιά (t' aftiá, the ears), from Byzantine Greek τά ἀφτία (tá aphtía) (singular τό ἀφτίον (tó aphtíon)), from Koine Greek τά ὠτία (tá ōtía) (singular ὠτίον (ōtíon)), diminutive of Ancient Greek τᾰ̀ ὦτᾰ (tà ôta) (singular οὖς (oûs)), through a regular phonological development of

/ta.uˈti.a/ → (*/tavˈti.a/) → /tafˈti.a/ and αφτιά (aftiá) /aˈftça/, singular αφτί (aftí) /aˈfti/.

Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ṓws.

Etymology according to Georgios Hatzidakis, accepted by Babiniotis.[1] Other linguists[2] support the spelling αυτί (aftí) from τ' αυτιά (t' aftiá) through /tawˈti.a/ - /tafˈti.a/. Similar case is the spelling of αβγό (avgó) or αυγό (avgó, egg).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

αφτί (aftín (plural αφτιά)

  1. (anatomy) ear

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References[edit]

  1. ^ αφτί - Babiniotis, Georgios (2008) Λεξικό της νέας ελληνικής γλώσσας: [] (in Greek), 3rd edition, Athens: Kentro Lexikologias [Lexicology Centre], 1st edition 1998, →ISBN.
  2. ^ αυτίΛεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation. (Etymologies by Evangelos Petrounias)