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by RandallButh
September 15th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Good Greek uses word order in nuanced Greek ways.
by RandallButh
September 15th, 2018, 11:43 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Actually the targum (a later development) is compsed with older midrashic material in mind and that midrashic material is behind John's opening. This material is reflected in the all encompassing blessing recorded in the Mishnah from earlier practice known and shared by John ברוך אתה יהוה שהכל נהיה ...
by RandallButh
September 15th, 2018, 3:14 am
Forum: New Testament
Topic: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην
Replies: 27
Views: 1272

Re: John 8:25 and the adverbial accusative την αρχην

Ναί yes, Stirling, I have long commented that John is good Greek and the most consistently good Greek in the Gospels. The question is deceptive among Gospel readers because John has a limited vocabulary and comes across as 'easy'. One explanation for this is that the stories represent the preaching/...
by RandallButh
September 6th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

Re: Legitimate word forms?

this may help reshape the discussion in the proper directions. μετοξύ is a form whose development is not clear according to data presented, but it is an attested form. Note well, it is not evidence that [ α ] was pronounced the same as [ ο ]. It is only evidence that an alternative, dialectical form...
by RandallButh
September 5th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

Re: Legitimate word forms?

On system and phonology, there are myriad examples. In Greek, there was a great vowel shift 3cBCE-1cBCE that spread around the Mediterranean in the world after Alexander the Great. The following vowels merged: ει and ι αι and ε ω and ο οι and υ Phonologically, what explains all of these mergers? The...
by RandallButh
September 5th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

Re: Legitimate word forms?

One occurrence is enough, if you know what you're doing and control the whole SOUND system.
by RandallButh
September 5th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

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.
by RandallButh
September 5th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

Re: Legitimate word forms?

I think that there may be some confusion above between phonetic, scribal and phonologic. Legitimate word forms need to be worked into a phonology that makes sense. There are all kinds of "static" when taking thousands of samples. These must be observed and distilled into phonological systems and the...
by RandallButh
September 2nd, 2018, 12:15 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 940

Re: Legitimate word forms?

In order to deal with the question a person must think PHONOLOGICALLY. What is the underlying sound system and how do sound systems change? Then, any change can be tracked in a trajectory, when and where did it arise and where did it lead? For example, mishanaic Hebrww appears to have had a lowering...