Stephen Hughes wrote:Grammars of modern languages sort of assume that people communicate (write and speak) in them.
How long has it been since someone "knew" Koine (or NT) greek and wrote a grammar?
How are you measuring?
Nobody has spoken Koine as their native language for a long time, and few of us would find it easy to learn Greek from grammars like Thrax's, written around the time of Christ:
Though it would be interesting. This is pretty much academic, I think, if we want to do something like this, we use the best sources we can as a starting point. And we need to use sources that are either (1) donated, or (2) old enough to be out of copyright.
Stephen Hughes wrote:Besides the issue of avoiding copyright law, is it generally agreed that Nunn and Smyth had mastered the language or did they just intelligently shuffle someone else's notes?
We will not violate copyright law, period. That's a given. And if we do something, starting with the best grammars available to us is also a given. Nunn and Smyth have been nominated, Smyth is probably the most used grammar on this forum, and much loved, but too much for a beginner's grammar.