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by Stephen Carlson
December 5th, 2017, 5:59 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)
Replies: 37
Views: 1491

Re: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)

It's quite possible that topic vs. focus is key here. I should be able to do queries involving information structure soonish, I'm in the process of setting up an environment to do various kinds of queries. When I can, I'll do those queries and post the results. I'm looking forward to it. Whose anal...
by Stephen Carlson
December 5th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)
Replies: 37
Views: 1491

Re: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)

While different theorists may have different explanations, it does appear that Greek speakers had a preference for putting only one phonological word of a larger constituent in the pre-verbal focus slot (or initial position in a prosodic domain, depending on your theory). Hmmm. An awful lot of mult...
by Stephen Carlson
December 5th, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: Beginners Forum
Topic: Question about the consonant "γ"
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: Question about the consonant "γ"

Jason Hare wrote:
December 5th, 2017, 3:22 pm
Why would τ be pronounced as [d]?
In Modern Greek, τ is pronounced as [d] after a v. There is some evidence, I believe (Horrocks?), that it may have already happened in Koine times, as with παντα /panda/.
by Stephen Carlson
December 5th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)
Replies: 37
Views: 1491

Re: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)

But there's at least one other explanation that might explain the three examples above that use ποιῆσαι: it might actually be an indicator of an implied verb that is not explicitly repeated. You mean like this? ὅτι οὐ δύνασαι μίαν τρίχα λευκὴν ποιῆσαι ἢ μέλαιναν [ποιῆσαι] or even: ὅτι οὐ δύνασαι μί...
by Stephen Carlson
December 5th, 2017, 4:43 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)
Replies: 37
Views: 1491

Re: syntax of disjunctive phrase (Matt. 5:36)

Nice example. You can find some discussion of this phenomenon in the literature under the rubric "hyperbaton" and especially in Devine & Stephens' book Discontinuous Syntax: Hyperbaton in Greek . I agree that it appears counterintuitive to English speakers (it certainly did to me), but there is a lo...
by Stephen Carlson
December 4th, 2017, 11:42 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Expertise in Greek
Replies: 23
Views: 876

Re: Porter's SBL review of "The Greek Verb Revisited"

I think I'll split this thread into its own.
by Stephen Carlson
November 30th, 2017, 11:45 pm
Forum: The Verb in Koine Greek
Topic: Porter's SBL review of "The Greek Verb Revisited"
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: Porter's SBL review of "The Greek Verb Revisited"

Well that is really going to break my bank balance long term then! On a serious note though, that is a shame if it does turn out to be true long term. I think it will last at least as long as Porter is an active scholar. After he retires, it will depend on whether there is someone who can assume hi...
by Stephen Carlson
November 30th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Danove - Case Frame Analysis and Lexicon
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Danove - Case Frame Analysis and Lexicon

MAubrey wrote:
November 30th, 2017, 3:57 pm
Ah! I see it now. That's gotta be a type setting error.
One test to see if you understand an author is being able to identify and correct typesetting errors.
by Stephen Carlson
November 30th, 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Is learning accents really important?
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Is learning accents really important?

In the beginning, I would probably focus on the accents that distinguish words that are easy to confuse. And always take accents into account when you pronounce the words, don't teach yourself to mispronounce words , that is hard to unlearn later. +1 The part I put in red is why it's important to p...
by Stephen Carlson
November 30th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Is learning accents really important?
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: Is learning accents really important?

How many passages can we think of that are ambiguous without accents (but not with accents)? Do they fall into a small number of set categories? Any passage with a liquid future (e.g. κρινεῖ vs. κρίνει) is potentially ambiguous without accents. Some names like Junias/Junia differ in certain case fo...