Welcome to my user page. I'm an amateur linguist, botanist, and pianist. People sometimes ask linguists how many languages they've studied; my list would be Attic and Homeric Greek, Latin, Old Norse, Old English, German, and Arabic. Regrettably, I'm not fluent in any language besides English, though I can pronounce some of them pretty well. I enjoy growing unusual plants, and love to play Bach, the master of counterpoint.
My philosophy is to write understandably. If an article, even on a specialized subject, is impossible to understand, that's a problem. Language is communication, and if it fails to communicate, it needs to be rewritten. Brevity and simplicity are stylistic virtues. I'm also obsessive about explaining every edit with an edit summary.
I've worked on improving the articles on Latin and Ancient Greek pronunciation, and recorded a few soundfiles as illustrations. While many phonetic details are unknown, enough is known to create an approximation that gives us some understanding of the music of Ancient Greek and Latin poetry, such as the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Athenian tragic playwrights, and the Aeneid.
Wikipedia needs a general article on Ancient Greek and Latin poetry and its meter. At the moment, information on the topic is fragmented between articles such as Prosody (Latin), Metre (poetry) § Greek and Latin, Dactylic hexameter, Greek lyric, and Iambic trimeter. Since Greek and Latin poetry share characteristics, they should be described together in an overview article. The current situation is a nightmare for someone wanting to learn more about Latin and Greek poetry.
- TypeGreek.com: type polytonic Greek using Beta Code
- International Phonetic Alphabet "keyboard": a chart allowing you to type most IPA symbols (not all, regrettably)
Greek and Latin grammar:
- Aorist (Ancient Greek)
- First, second, and third declension
- Compensatory lengthening (on Ancient Greek)
- Quantitative metathesis
- Spurious diphthong
Other linguistic stuff:
- Template:LSJ (Liddell and Scott)
- Template:L&S (Lewis and Short)