I've been in communication with a handful of grammarians/linguists over the past year or two about the possibility of developing a sort of Working Papers project for students and perhaps also professors to have an opportunity to get broader feedback and comment on papers related to Greek grammar.
Working Papers are an extremely common in the field of linguistics. They're generally viewed as somewhere between simply a school paper and a full fledged journal article. One of the challenges for biblical studies students in writing papers on grammatical topics is a lack of access to expertise on the subject. Most Greek professors, while they do a fine job teaching exegesis and the basics of grammar and syntax simply do not have the background in the broader fields of grammar to give adequate enough support for papers on grammatical subjects.
1) Provide students and scholars with a broader group of grammarians and linguists to receive feedback on their work.
2) Contribute toward introducing those interested in grammatical study to the key texts and resources available as well as the specialized literature relating to the topic of their papers through peer-review.
3) Create a new outlet for the promotion of the study of the Greek language at an academic level.
1) Would there be enough students and professors interested in contributing to such a work?
2) Are there enough even places where papers on grammatical subjects are written for students to have enough contributions?
3) Would there be enough qualified people who would be willing to give feedback on such papers?
This project would be entirely online--perhaps with an additional electronic resource via one or more bible software companies. We have a location on the internet already chosen, but we're not prepared yet for moving forward. Minimally, we'd want to get in contact with professors who teach Greek and assign (or simply allow) for papers on grammatical subjects in their classes in order to gauge interest. Briercrest, Biola, Houston Baptist University, DTS, GIAL, TWU are all possibilities schools that have come to my mind, but if anyone could suggest others that fit the bill, I'm all ears. These three are all places where I know there's either a grammarian/linguist teaching or they provide a class that focuses specifically on "advanced grammar."
Any feedback anyone might have is incredibly welcome.
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