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The Policy and Standards Division has taken another look at the revised Greek Romanization tables in conjunction with comments from the library community and its own staff with knowledge of Greek. The attached alternative proposal reflects the considerations presented to return to the original Romanization table with a few minor changes and additions.
This ALA-LC Romanization table for Greek (draft May 2010) differs from the one adopted in 1972 in the following respects:
- Coptic is no longer covered. A separate table will be proposed later.
- In modern Greek, initial rho is romanized as Rh/rh only if the rough breathing appears in the Greek text. Otherwise, the practice of supplying the "h" as appropriate remains unchanged.
- Separate entries for consonant combinations with gamma.
- Variant forms of sigma.
- A list of vowel combinations with upsilon that constitute diphthongs.
- The archaic letters digamma and qoppa.
- Variant forms of the numerals 6 and 90.
Comments on these proposed revisions may be sent to the Policy and Standards Division by June 30, 2010.
- Link to Draft of proposed Romanization table for Greek (PDF - 5 p.; 163 KB)