Alan Patterson wrote:Interestingly, Wm Mounce does not have first year students learn accents in Basics of Biblical Greek. Perhaps he feels it is better for 2nd year students, who have enough Greek under their belts, to begin learning accents. Just a wild guess, although he doesn't seem to be too concerned with the accent side of Greek. I wonder if he doesn't believe teaching accents altogether?
Neither did Wenham use accents, nor the earlier editions of Dobson.
If the students get plenty of practice reading aloud from the GNT (which has the accents) they will pick up the speech patterns automatically. The rationale is that beginning students have enough to do to get the eyes, tongue, ears and brain working on the sounds of the Greek letters and the breathings before they add the complication of placing an accent.