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by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

See Midland American English on wikipedia, under phonology. Sounds in a language are never isolated but part of a system. By the way, squaRsh is mentioned along with waRsh and WaRshington. Well, I am guessing the analysis of that in writing would look just like what I am seeing. I am not sure that ...
by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

They must then be set up into a phonological system that makes sense within the system and it should be related to the development of the parallel dialectical systems within the history of language. Why does it need to be a system? For example, there are a lot of people here in the Midwest that “wo...
by Alan Bunning
September 4th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

I doubt your doubts, because multiple scribes wrote them and did not correct their “mistakes”, and in most cases, neither did any of the many subsequent hands which also did not bother to “correct” them. I'm concerned that this may be reading too much into scribes and later hands not correcting "mi...
by Alan Bunning
September 4th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

In order to deal with the question a person must think PHONOLOGICALLY. Yes, of course, which is how these examples were found in the first place! My program found them, not because they were spelled differently, but because they were NOT phonetic matches according the normal phonetic equivalents. S...
by Alan Bunning
September 1st, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

It's an interesting question, isn't it? Based on Buth’s response, another way to look at it would be, how often does a common scribal error have to be repeated before it is considered an acceptable form. For example, “ain’t” was never considered to be correct English, but because its usage persiste...
by Alan Bunning
September 1st, 2018, 8:06 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Re: Legitimate word forms?

Perspective of the wider language and the history of the language is needed to make good judgement calls. ΕΣΙΝ? I don't think so. It is easy to leave off an [ι] but then again, there may have been a sub-dialect with ΕΣΙΝ. Still ΕΣΙΝ also sounds close to ΕΣΤΙΝ. ΕΚΧΘΡΟΥΣ? I don't think so. Just scrib...
by Alan Bunning
September 1st, 2018, 12:27 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 9847

Legitimate word forms?

In working through the early NT manuscripts, there are a number of word forms that are repeated, often by more than one different scribe, but are not found in any lexicon. My question is, how many times does a word need to appear before it gets to be considered a legitimate word form? For example, ε...
by Alan Bunning
August 3rd, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν
Replies: 11
Views: 6595

Re: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν

FYI, I continued looking into the matter and my answer was not found in the statistics (although that certainly helped me find the problem), but by doing more reading. The answer was not that α = ο, or that α ≠ ο, or that there was that there was a continuum of sounds. Instead, it had to do with the...
by Alan Bunning
July 12th, 2018, 10:49 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν
Replies: 11
Views: 6595

Re: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν

I decided to look at this problem from a different angle this morning and only focus on words that are scribal corrections. I think this gets at the core of the problem better. The approximate counts where corrections were made (including endings): ο/ω correction: 22 times α/ο correction: 15 times α...
by Alan Bunning
July 12th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν
Replies: 11
Views: 6595

Re: εἶπον vs. εἶπαν

What do you do about scribal mistakes? I'm sure that's the explanation for οπο. Yes, οπο is a scribal mistake and so it does not get its own lexical entry :-). Here is what I said about this in my ever-increasing project description ( https://greekcntr.org/downloads/project.pdf ): “All the words in...

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