Nu ephelkustikon. (ν-ἐφελκυστικόν)
|Some forms of nouns or verbs
when the next word begins with a vowel or when there is no next word (i.e.
when a punctuation mark, even a comma, follows).
This occurs in
In this grammar the ν-ἐφελκυστικόν, as this phenomenon is called, is shown in the paradigms as a lesser-sized final ν: -σιν, -εν. Where the letter is too small for further downscaling a faint grey ν is used instead: ν. The author quite realizes it takes an eagle eye to discern this, but Greek grammar requires such an eye anyway.
In Epic the n-ephelkustikon frequently occurs when the next word begins with a consonant, and thereby becomes a means for making long syllables.