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June 24 2017, 6PM

We find a strong “experiential correlation” (Tyler and Evans 2003, 32) between actions and the consequences that result from those actions (i.e. cause and effect): Causes are understood to precede their consequences. If one event immediately precedes ... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Ancient Greek] [Cause Expressions] [cognitive grammar] [Greek Prepositions Workshop] [metaphor] [prepositional phrases] [prepositions]

June 23, 7PM

We are continuing our series of notes of usages of ἐκ and ἀπό. SOURCE expressions were first. Then we looked at ORIGIN expressions. Yesterday, we had PARTITIVES. And now today we’re looking at temporal expressions. The Greek Prepositio... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Ancient Greek] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Greek Prepositions Workshop] [prepositional phrases] [prepositions] [temporal expressions]

June 22, 4PM

We are continuing our series of notes of usages of ἐκ and ἀπό. SOURCE expressions were first. Then yesterday, we looked at ORIGIN expressions. Today, we have PARTITIVES. The Greek Prepositions Workshop is next week. Partitive constructions with... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Ancient Greek] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Grammar Writing] [Greek Prepositions Workshop] [partitive constructions] [partitives] [prepositions]

June 21, 2PM

Yesterday, we examined SOURCE expressions with ἐκ and ἀπό . Today, we are examining ORIGINS. The Greek Prepositions Workshop is next week. Following Luraghi (2003), we take origins as being an abstraction of the source. Prototypically, origins st... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [cognitive grammar] [Grammar Writing] [Greek Language] [prepositoins]

June 20, 6PM

  Click below to follow us via e-mail or RSS or even Facebook. Maybe even support us on Patreon? These are the usages most closely tied to our embodied experience in physical space. Prototypically source constructions will also expression motion, but... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [cognitive grammar] [Constructions] [Grammar Writing] [prepositions]

June 17, 1PM

This is another question that was asked online (this time New Testament Greek Club) that would be difficult to answer without treebanks. Can a phrase with an adjective in second attributive position be broken up by a genitive? Luke 23:35 reads: εἰ ο... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Logos Bible Software] [syntax] [adjectives] [cascadia syntax graphs] [genitives] [noun phrase] [noun phrase syntax] [treebanks] [Word Order]

June 16, 5AM

Dahl (1985, 138; 2000, 9-10) describes to a hierarchy of usage for perfects across languages. The hierarchy lays out how a perfect is used in terms of its progress along the path of grammaticalization to being a simple past perfective form. An indefinite... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Aspect] [Östen Dahl] [grammaticalization theory] [Greek perfect] [paths of grammaticalization] [perfect] [tesne] [typlogy]

June 15, 4PM

The question was asked on Facebook about what principles might motivate the occurrence of indefinite noun phrases to take prepositional phrases. It’s a good question. Prepositions phrases tend be restrictive when they occur in noun phrases just like... [Greek] [Information Structure] [syntax] [definiteness] [Discourse] [identifiability] [noun phrase] [NP] [prepositional phrases] [referentiality]

June 14, 3PM

Notes for the Greek Preposition Workshop, on June 30th through July 1st. Below are two examples. The first we label Source (material) and the second we label Source (reflexive). (1) Source (material) καὶ ποιήσας φραγέλλιον ἐκ ... [grammar] [Greek] [Semantics] [syntax] [ἀπό] [ἐκ] [Greek Prepositions Workshop] [prepositions] [Tyndale House] [usage-based grammar]

June 8, 1PM

There is a lot of significant work on Ancient Greek that came out in the 19th century. Some of it was by native Greek speakers. The challenge is that during that period, the politics of language in Greece was a source of constant debate and argument. Many... [Books] [Dialectology] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Musings] [sociolinguistics] [Ancient Greek] [Demotic] [Diglossia] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Katharevousa] [Language Question] [Modern Greek]

June 5, 5PM

“For illustrative purposes, let us sketch a plausible (though simplistic) scenario for the evolution of a complex category. Consider a child in the process of learning the various senses (conventional usages) of the word tree, and suppose the term i... [Cognitive Linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Quotes] [Semantics] [Book Quotes] [cogling] [cognitive grammar] [Foundations of Cognitive Grammar] [prototype theory] [prototypes] [Robert Langacker]

June 4, 4PM

Notes for the Greek Preposition Workshop, on June 30th through July 1st. Already by the first century CE, ἐκ & ἀπό have experience two thousand years of history and they have already experience a bit of linguistic change. Both words can be tr... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [cognitive grammar] [Historical linguistics] [image schemas] [Linguistics] [localist theory] [prepositions] [Proto-Indo-European] [prototype theory] [prototypes] [semantic change] [syntax]

June 3, 2PM

The overarching dialectic treated in this work is framed in terms of the familiar ‘synchronic-diachronic’ opposition indicative of 20th century linguistic dualism. Taken as a strict dichotomy, synchrony and diachrony are, ipso facto, irreconcilable. I... [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Dialectology] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Quotes]

May 29, 8PM

Many New Testament scholars look at language typology with suspicion. Some believe that using typological studies is dangerous because they have the potential to mislead the scholar to draw conclusions about Greek grammar not from the internal structure o... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Typology] [Functionl Grammar] [Linguistic Theory] [Linguistic Typology] [Role and Reference Grammar] [RRG] [SFL] [Systemic Functional Linguistics]

May 26, 12 PM

“The habitual association of radical elements, grammatical elements, words, and sentences with concepts or groups of concepts related into wholes is the fact itself of language. It is important to note that there is in all languages a certain randomness... [grammar] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Quotes] [Typology] [Linguistics] [Sapir]

May 25, 2PM

Today’s the last day to book accommodations for the Greek Prepositions Workshop. So if you don’t have your housing plans together and plan on joining us, you’ll want to get that settled today! Tyndale House Workshop in Greek Prepositions... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Conferences] [prepositions] [prototype theory]

May 24, 2PM

There’s a shift in aspect from imperfective to perfective as Jesus describing his two house builders in Luke 6:47-49. 47 πᾶς ὁ ἐρχόμενος πρός με καὶ ἀκούων μου τῶν λόγων καὶ ποιῶν αὐτούς,... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Aspect] [Imperfective] [linguistic choice] [Linguistics] [Luke 6] [Narrative] [Participles] [Perfective] [Verbal aspect]

May 22, 12 PM

Part One: A brief history of syntactic theory: Early Chomsky In time, alternative approaches to syntax arose in response to the challenges in early generative syntax. Some of these were highly formal in their representation and prioritizes computational... [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax] [Ancient Greek] [Bresnan] [C-Structure] [chomsky] [F-Structure] [formal syntax] [Generative Grammar] [generative syntax] [Kaplan] [Lexical Functional Grammar] [LFG] [syntactic theory]

May 19, 11AM

Looking toward the future of our grammar writing endeavors, we would like to get a better grasp of where the state of knowledge for the average Greek student/scholar. You can help us. If we can get good results, we’ll put together a few more polls t... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Poll] [questions]

May 17, 5AM

This excerpt is from my chapter, “Linguistic issues in Biblical Greek,” in Lexham Methods: Linguistics & Exegsis. It’s published digitally, but it will be appearing in print later this fall. Obviously, it’s worth owning it in ... [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Concepts] [James Barr] [Lexical Fallacies] [Lexical Semantics] [metaphor] [philology] [words]

May 8, 4AM

τυφωθείς εἰς κρίμα ἐμπέσῃ τοῦ διαβόλου What is the structure of a sentence like this? There’s a lot going on here. This clause has a pre-verbal participle, followed by a prepositional phrase that is split in half... [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Linguistics] [syntax] [chomsky] [Extended Standard Theory] [Generative Grammar] [generative syntax] [grammatical relations] [information flow] [Information Structure] [syntactic theory]

May 2, 5AM

Robert Crellin’s Ph.D. dissertation is now available in monograph form at an incredibly reasonable price (retail of $40, currently $33 on Amazon) in the Publications of the Philological Society Series. The syntax and semantics of the perfect active ... [Books] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics]

May 1, 12 AM

Watson: “Holmes, could it have been Semitic influence?” Sherlock: “No.” Watson: “Why not?” Sherlock: Because it’s never Semitic influence.” This might be the first meme on this website. Happy day. Click ... [Greek] [meme] [Historical linguistics] [eggs benedict cummerbund] [Hebrew] [memes] [semitic influence] [Sherlock]

April 30, 5AM

Both contributors to this blog (yes, there actually is more than one — Mike and Rachel Aubrey) are contributing to the Greek Prepositions Workshop at Tyndale House, Cambridge this coming summer. We’re co-authoring two papers. We will be doing ... [Cognitive Linguistics] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [middle voice] [passive voice] [prepositions] [pseudopassives] [voice]

April 28, 2PM

What’s the difference and how do they relate? Pragmatics is a sort of funny thing. On the one hand, pragmatics is an important subfield in linguistics that produces a valuable research and contributes greatly to our understanding of language. On t... [Greek] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Pragmatics] [Cognitive Linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Linguistic Theory] [Cambridge University Press] [Construction Grammar] [argument structure]

April 25, 10AM

David A. Black, in his Sunday morning blog post (you’ll need to scroll for it–April 23, 8:30AM) mused about the possibility of hosting a Greek linguistics conference at Southern Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He asked for feedback on t... [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Musings] [Conferences] [Greek linguistics] [Linguistics] [NT Studies] [SEBTS]

April 23, 9AM

I recently got an e-mail notification that Robert Beekes’* (2010)  Etymological Dictionary of Greek has received quite a dramatic price drop on its Logos.com prepublication page (link). Going from over $500 downs down to a much more comfortable ... [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Logos Bible Software] [Typology] [Beekes] [Brill] [Brill Etymological Dictionaries] [diachronic linguistics] [Diachrony] [Etymological Dictionary of Greek] [etymology] [Historical linguistics]

April 20, 9PM

Dirk Jongkind has announced on the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog that Tyndale House has initiated a blog dedicated to the new Tyndale house Edition of the Greek New Testament. The first post is live now! Introduction: The Greek New Testament Produced... [Greek]

12 PM

There was an article on Slate this morning that made the argument: We need a GitHub for academic research. It is an interesting idea. GitHub is a repository site for software projects and their source code (see Wikipedia: GitHub). At this point, we are... [Greek]

April 19, 2PM

Porter, Stanley. 2015. Linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. This review is a long time coming. I owe it to my readers for their generosity in helping my wife and I get to Cambridge for the Greek Verb Conference... [Book Reviews] [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [syntax] [Aspect] [Baker Academic] [book review] [Greek perfect] [Greek Verb Revisited] [Greek Verb.] [Linguistc Theory] [methdology] [SFL] [Stanley Porter] [Systemic Functional Linguistics] [Tense]

April 16, 10AM

Martin Haspelmath has an interesting piece about the intersection between grammar writing and typology on his website, responding to a recent article in the journal Linguistic Typology: Should descriptive grammars be “typologically informed”, and what... [grammar] [Greek] [Musings] [Quotes] [Typology] [descriptive grammar] [Haspelmath] [language documentation.] [Linguistic Typology] [Linguistics]

April 14, 11AM

“If we go even further back and examine the oldest stages of the Indo-European language, it emerges that really the main opposition is between active and middle and that the passive voice is something additional that grew up and developed later. In Gree... [Greek]

April 10, 6PM

William Ross has an excellent interview with Dr. Albert Pieterma about the Septuagint, his academic career, current academic lacunae in the field, and the needs of future scholarship. Definitely worth a read. Source: LXX Scholar Interview: Dr. Albert Piet... [Greek]

12 PM

If you were going to be writing a summary/introductory discussion of New Testament studies for people who aren’t New Testament scholars, which introductory textbook would you use? Introduction of the New Testament by Henry Clarence Thiessen (1958) O... [Books] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Linguistics] [introductory texts] [Linguistics] [New Testament Intro]

January 17, 5PM

I posted a new set  of pages here on the website, providing the current table of contents of my wife and I’s in-progress reference grammar. It’s time we stop pretending that it’s anything more than a pipe dream and start showing the ev... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [biblical humanities] [classics] [digital humanities] [Grammar Writing] [Linguistics]

January 15, 6PM

Porter, Stanley. 2015. Linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. This review is a long time coming. I owe it to my readers for their generosity in helping my wife and I get to Cambridge for the Greek Verb Conference... [Book Reviews] [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Greek] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Baker Academic] [book review] [componential analysis] [Greek linguistics] [lexicology] [Review] [Stanley Porter]
Porter, Stanley. 2015. Linguistic analysis of the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. This review is a long time coming. I owe it to my readers for their generosity in helping my wife and I get to Cambridge for the Greek Verb Conference... [Book Reviews] [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Greek] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Baker Academic] [book review] [componential analysis] [Greek linguistics] [lexicology] [Review] [Stanley Porter]

January 13, 3PM

I’ve mapped my site to a new URL of its very own, rather than the standard X.wordpress.com. The primary domain is now going to be: Koine-Greek.com This will be the last post that will appear in the evepheso.wordpress.com RSS feeds, if you’re s... [Greek]
I’ve mapped my site to a new URL of its very own, rather than the standard X.wordpress.com. The primary domain is now going to be: Koine-Greek.com This will be the last post that will appear in the evepheso.wordpress.com RSS feeds, if you’re s... [Greek]
I’ve mapped my site to a new URL of its very own, rather than the standard X.wordpress.com. The primary domain is now: Koine-Greek.com I don’t know what that means for the old RSS feeds, but the new one is: http://koine-greek.com/feed/ Other t... [Greek]

12 PM

Bryn Mawr Classical Review has a nice review of Olga Tribulato’s Ancient Greek Verb-Initial Compounds that only increases my curiosity to get my hands on this volume. Theoretically up to date and apparently full of solid and insightful analysis: Th... [Greek]
Bryn Mawr Classical Review has a nice review of Olga Tribulato’s Ancient Greek Verb-Initial Compounds that only increases my curiosity to get my hands on this volume. Theoretically up to date and apparently full of solid and insightful analysis: Th... [Greek]

January 6, 10AM

The Lexham Methods Series is going to be leaving prepub at Logos.com very soon. It’d be worth it to grab the volumes a prepub price before they get released. I had the pleasure of contributing two of the chapters in the linguistics volume and co-aut... [Books] [Greek]
The Lexham Methods Series is going to be leaving prepub at Logos.com very soon. It’d be worth it to grab the volumes a prepub price before they get released. I had the pleasure of contributing two of the chapters in the linguistics volume and co-aut... [Books] [Greek]

January 5, 1PM

Looking forward to 2017 means that I am coming up on my tenth year blogging here. That seems like quite an achievement in my practicing of narcissism. Though, in fairness, I never anticipated that I would ever end up with the website that I have built up ... [Greek] [Musings] [Other]
Looking forward to 2017 means that I am coming up on my tenth year blogging here. That seems like quite an achievement in my practicing of narcissism. Though, in fairness, I never anticipated that I would ever end up with the website that I have built up ... [Greek] [Musings] [Other]

December 28 2016, 8AM

I got my hands on this little guy last week: Dirk Geeraerts’ Diachronic Prototype Semantics: A Contribution to Historical Lexicography. It’s an older volume–1997, but really insightful. Geeraerts knows the field of semantics and lexicolo... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Musings] [Semantics] [James Barr] [lexicology] [prototype theory] [prototypes] [word meaning]
I got my hands on this little guy last week: Dirk Geeraerts’ Diachronic Prototype Semantics: A Contribution to Historical Lexicography. It’s an older volume–1997, but really insightful. Geeraerts knows the field of semantics and lexicolo... [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Musings] [Semantics] [James Barr] [lexicology] [prototype theory] [prototypes] [word meaning]

December 23, 12 PM

There’s a detailed review of the Greek Verb Revisited on Amazon. It’s exciting to see the positive response the volume is getting. Of course, I disagree with a few of his points across a variety of the chapters (including my own), but that sho... [Books] [Greek] [Musings]
There’s a detailed review of the Greek Verb Revisited on Amazon. It’s exciting to see the positive response the volume is getting. Of course, I disagree with a few of his points across a variety of the chapters (including my own), but that sho... [Books] [Greek] [Musings]

December 2, 2PM

This isn’t an empirical corpus study of μονογενής. It isn’t comprehensive or thorough; it’s just a handful of examples that popped out at me while looking at instances of μονογενής in Koine texts. At best these are anec... [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [OT] [Semantics] [Anecdotes] [μονογενής] [Josephus] [Koine texts] [LXX] [Psalms of Solomon]
This isn’t an empirical corpus study of μονογενής. It isn’t comprehensive or thorough; it’s just a handful of examples that popped out at me while looking at instances of μονογενής in Koine texts. At best these are anec... [Language] [Greek] [Linguistics] [OT] [Semantics] [Lexicography] [Historical linguistics] [LXX] [Josephus] [Anecdotes] [Koine texts] [Psalms of Solomon] [μονογενής]

10AM

Nobody would be shocked to hear that native speakers know their language really well. They speak it natively after all. Everything that you could imagine to put in a reference grammar, they already have all of that knowledge in their heads. So when a bibl... [exegesis] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [John Chrysostom] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [sociolinguistics] [department stores] [field linguistics] [labov] [native speaker intuition]
381 CE text from the First Council of Constantinople Nobody would be shocked to hear that native speakers know their language really well. They speak it natively after all. Everything that you could imagine to put in a reference grammar, they already have... [exegesis] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [John Chrysostom] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [sociolinguistics] [department stores] [field linguistics] [labov] [native speaker intuition]

November 28, 5PM

This is a much delayed post. But I’m glad that I have finally taken the time to get it out the door… T. Muraoka. 2016. A syntax of Septuagint Greek. Leuven: Peeters. There is a sense in which introductions are perhaps the most interesting part... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Septuagint] [syntax] [Descriptivism] [Linguistics] [Reference Grammar] [Speculative Grammarian]
This is a much delayed post. But I’m glad that I have finally taken the time to get it out the door… T. Muraoka. 2016. A syntax of Septuagint Greek. Leuven: Peeters. There is a sense in which introductions are perhaps the most interesting part... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Septuagint] [syntax] [Descriptivism] [Linguistics] [Reference Grammar] [Speculative Grammarian]

November 12, 9AM

I could have sworn that I had mentioned Lars Nordgren’s book, Greek Interjections Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics at some point before, but apparently not. I can’t find the post. In any case, his book received a detailed review in the latest ... [Books] [discourse analysis] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [PoS] [Pragmatics] [Semantics] [syntax] [academic monographs] [De Gruyter] [interjections] [Linguistics] [parts-of-speech]

October 31, 11AM

To use a definite article is to say to your audience: “I know what I’m talking about and I think you know what I’m talking about, too.” Your audience can correct you and say, “Nope, no clue. I can’t identify what you... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax]

October 26, 2PM

Rick Brannan is in the midst of writing lexical commentaries on the pastoral epistles. The volume on 1 Timothy is finished and available on Amazon and currently on prepub at Logos: First Timothy : Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles All this is ex... [Greek]

October 20, 4PM

The papers from the Greek Verb Conference at Tyndale House in Cambridge are now available on Amazon…that is, shipped, not merely pre-ordered. The Greek Verb Revisisted  Filed under: Books [Books]

October 13, 3PM

“Cognitive models are directly embodied with respect to their content, or else they are systematically linked to directly embodied models. Cognitive models structure thought and are used in forming categories and in reasoning. … Polysemy arises from t... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Language] [Linguistics]

September 13, 4PM

The papers from the Greek Verb Conference in Cambridge last year aren’t only going to be digital through Logos Bible Software. You’ll also be able to find them in print and the pre-order is up on Amazon already: The Greek Verb Revisited. Publi... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Aspect] [Discourse] [grounding] [Historical linguistics] [Koine] [modality] [Mood] [TAM] [Tense]

July 4, 6PM

Out of the kindness of a friend, T. Muraoka’s A Syntax of Septuagint Greek (Amazon) arrived at my proverbial doorstep this past week. I’ve only just begun digging into it. It’s both as traditional and innovative as I imagined it would b... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [syntax] [Ancient Translation] [grammar] [Hellenistic period] [Linguistics] [LXX] [Muraoka] [Post-Classical Greek] [Septuagint] [translation]

June 17, 3PM

Narrow negation, where scope of negation falls on an argument or adjunct rather than on the entire proposition can be marked by the syntactic position of the negator, as in John 12:9: καὶ ἦλθον οὐ διὰ τὸν Ἰησοῦν μόνον,... [grammar] [Greek] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax]

June 9, 12 PM

Our friends and colleagues at Old School Script have released a new edition of their interview series: Scholars in Press. My wife and occasional contributor here at Koine Greek is the most recent respondent. Scholars in Press: An Interview with Rachel Au... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Other] [Personal] [scholarship] [Semantics] [syntax] [Typology]

June 7, 5PM

If you’ve ever encountered some weird looking forms perhaps tagged as perfects perhaps tagged as something else that have reduplication while also having perfective/aoristic morphology, it’s probably thrown you off. For example, in Leviticus 13:45, we... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [voice] [Desiderative] [Future Tense] [Leonard Palmer] [Mood] [pie] [Proto-Indo-European] [TAM] [TAM Systems]

May 28, 4PM

One claim that you’ll regularly encounter once you start reading various contemporary works on the Greek Verb from NT scholars is the idea that Georg Curtius (1873 [English: 1883]) was the originator of the idea that Greek does not grammaticalize te... [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [Ancient Greek] [Aspect] [Georg Curtius] [Historical linguistics] [historiography] [Mood] [Raphael Kuhner] [TAM] [Tense]

May 27, 3PM

William Ross has posted his initial thoughts on Muraoka’s LXX Grammar (Amazon). He’s pretty thoroughgoing in the issues discussed. It’s a worthwhile read if you’re tempted by this volume. Initial Impressions of Muraoka’s Sy... [Greek]

May 25, 8AM

Muraoka’s new grammar of the Septuagint is finally available on Amazon. A Syntax of Septuagint Greek by Takamitsu Muraoka It’s been available directly from Peeters for a couple months now, but now if you’re in the US, there’s an ea... [Books] [Greek]

May 24, 4PM

“X-rays may not be used to fit shoes.” RCW 70.98.170 Prohibition — Fluoroscopic x-ray shoefitting devices. The operation or maintenance of any x-ray, fluoroscopic, or other equipment or apparatus employing roentgen rays, in the fitting of shoes ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [Aspect] [Blass] [commands] [event structure] [Fanning] [Imperative] [Mood] [Prohibitions] [referentiality] [TAM Systems]

May 22, 1PM

Jan Rijkoff, linguist/typologist, wrote a superb monograph presenting language variation and typology of the syntax and semantics of noun phrases across a wide variety of languages. The Noun Phrase by Jan Rijkoff (Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguisti... [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [Typology] [nominal aspect] [noun phrase] [noun phrase syntax] [seinart]

12 PM

Mark Janse , “Cappadocian Clitics and the Syntax-Morphology Interface.” Pages 257-281. In Themes in Greek Linguistics II. Edited by Brian D. Joseph, Geoffrey Horrocks, and Irene Philippaki-Warburton. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1998. Mark Janse is a de... [Dialectology] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Phonology] [Semantics] [syntax] [Cappadocian] [clitics] [pronominal systems] [Pronouns] [word-formation]

May 11, 3PM

I added a reference page where I’m now going to be collecting posts that I’ve written about Greek phonology, called, well, Greek Phonology. It’s available in the Studies in Greek Linguistics drop-down menu on the upper right.Filed under... [Greek]

May 8, 4PM

James Spinti, as he has been editing The Greek Verb Revisited (link), has posted a handful of quotes from my wife’s superb paper. About those “deponent” verbs… Middle voice (yes, in Greek) Filed under: Greek [Greek]

April 30, 7PM

I haven’t read it yet, but a new article is up at the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. The Distributive Singular In Paul: The Adequacy Of A Grammatical Category (JGRCJ 11.6) Looks interesting… HT: Rick BrannanFiled under: Greek... [Greek]

1PM

Noam Chomsky’s (1965) Aspect of the theory of syntax presents a revised version of generative grammar that constrains the power of its syntactic transformations in order to maintain the predictive goals of generative grammar: produce all the grammatica... [Books] [grammar] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax] [chomsky] [Extended Standard Theory] [Generative Grammar] [Linguistic Theory] [Vilhelm von Humboldt]

April 28, 5PM

There’s plenty of already existing evidence for the nature of linguistic categorization and prototype theory. I laid much of it out in my (old) discussion of middle voice several years ago, where I explain categorization and cognitive linguistics in... [Cognitive Linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [categorization] [embodiment] [metaphor] [prototype theory] [semantic maps]

7AM

James Clackson, the classisist/historical linguist, recently published on book on sociolinguistics in Ancient Greek & Rome: Language and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds. I’m a little surprised that I hadn’t seen is before. I try to s... [Book Reviews] [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Latin] [sociolinguistics]

April 27, 5AM

I read an excellent article in Novum Testamentum yesterday that argues that the novel sense of διακρίνομαι ‘to hesitate,’ or as BDAG puts it: “to be uncertain, be at odds w. oneself, doubt, waver”, doesn’t actual... [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Latin] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [JSTOR] [middle voice] [Novum Testamentum] [Patristics] [Semantic Shift]

April 26, 3AM

So apparently this book will eventually come into being and in English, at that! New Testament Lexicography: Method and Methodoloy of the Greek-Spanish New Testament Dictionary The release isn’t for another year and that could certainly be pushed b... [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics]

April 25, 3AM

I recently encountered this monograph on Amazon. I’m a little surprised that I had never seen it before, especially considering it was published in 2011. I’m curious as to whether anyone here has taken a look at it. I’ll be hunting for ... [Greek]

April 23, 9AM

Chris Fresch, one of the contributors to Old School Script, officially received his doctorate at Cambridge today.Filed under: Greek [Greek]

8AM

There have been a number of occasions when people have asked if I could do this–write or revise the four part series (HERE) on Stanley Porter’s published dissertation, Verbal Aspect and the Greek of the New Testament that I posted back in 2008... [Books] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics]

April 22, 7PM

When we look at aspectual choice in the indicative mood, we find that there are a number of usage-based factors that influence the speaker/writers decision to prefer the imperfective aspect or the perfective aspect. In narrative, the major driver of aspec... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Ancient Greek] [Aspect] [classical Greek] [Imperative] [Imperfective] [Mood] [Perfective] [TAM]

April 20, 1PM

A good friend of mine, Jacob Cerone, recently edited with David Alan Black and wrote the introduction to a new Library of New Testament Studies monograph: The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research. Arguably, the book is a bit beyond the pu... [Greek]

April 19, 1PM

I came across, this morning, a new monograph on the impact of the Hellenistic Period in Asia. The Hellenistic Far East: Archæology, Language, and Identity in Greek Central Asia by Rachel Mairs. From the publisher: In the aftermath of Alexander the Grea... [Archaeology] [Language] [Linguistics] [sociolinguistics]

April 16, 4PM

I often find myself saying the same things over and over–thankfully, its usually not to the same person, but because there are new people who have encountered similar confusions in the secondary literature on tense and aspect in Ancient Greek. Wel... [Greek]

April 15, 3PM

Cristofaro, Sonia (2008). A constructionist approach to complementation: Evidence from Ancient Greek. Linguistics 46.3: 571–606. DOI: 10.1515/LING.2008.019 Cristofaro argues against the notion that the meaning of a sentence with complement clause can be... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [Ancient Greek] [Complementation] [Construction Grammar] [De Gruyter] [grammar] [Lexical Rules]

April 14, 4PM

There was a time when I would (for my own benefit) write short summaries of published journal articles on various topics in order to help me process their argument. It was a hugely beneficial practice and one that I have decided that I want to take up aga... [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics]

2PM

(Note: if you have the font SBL Greek installed, the Greek will look great. Otherwise…I don’t know.) A couple weeks ago, I noted that the speaker/author’s perspectival choices could affect the selection of aspect both in the indicative (see Bent... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [Actionality] [Aspect] [Imperatives] [Imperfective] [Linguistics] [Perfective] [Predicate Types] [Realis] [TAM] [TAM Systems] [temporal deixis]

April 2, 12 AM

I uploaded my powerpoint slides from the Cambridge Greek Verb Conference to academia.edu (link at the bottom). The ‘gradience of grammatical contrasts’ didn’t make it into the final paper for the published book, but that was basically a ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [syntax] [Typology] [Actionality] [Actionart] [Aspect] [Constructions] [Imperatives] [Negation] [Negation Scope] [Predicate Types] [Prohibitions] [Role and Reference Grammar] [Tense] [Verbal Systems]

April 1, 11AM

This is probably of limited interest those who read this blog. Still, I’ve been looking for this book for over five years now. I was pleased to find that the editors have uploaded the entire volume to Academia.edu. Guerrero, Ibáñez Cerda, and Bell... [grammar] [Language] [Linguistics] [Typology] [Linguistics] [RRG] [voice]

March 31, 2PM

Picking up on my obligations for the Greek Verb Conference from last summer, I thought I would post the conclusion to my paper. The full analysis and discussion is going to be in the forthcoming book: The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Bibl... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [syntax]

March 26, 4PM

Having a regular job rather than being self-employed and also not having a degree to complete  has resulted in more time for research. That’s what I’ve realized in the past few weeks. I’ve been taking stock of my goals for the next few ... [Greek]

March 25, 6PM

This is my Good Friday post. Linguistics and Greek grammar about Good Friday on Good Friday. I mentioned in my previous post about  Klaas Bentein article on academia.edu (Aspectual choice and the presentation of Narrative. An application to Herodotus’ ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Aspect] [classical Greek] [herodotus] [Imperatives] [Koine] [Narrative] [perspective] [Post-Classical Greek] [TAM]

March 24, 8AM

Klaas Bentein just uploaded a paper to academia.edu that’s worth reading through on aspect in narrative. Aspectual choice and the presentation of Narrative. An application to Herodotus’ Histories. Glotta 92 (2016) Abstract: In this article, I anal... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [scholarship] [Semantics] [Academis.edu] [Aspect] [classical Greek] [TAM Systems]

March 23, 8AM

Nick Ellis, Mark Dubis, and I have been working together for several years now under the auspices of the BibleMesh Greek project. Nick presented a shortened version of our efforts at the Cambridge Verb Conference last summer. The three of us spent the fal... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Ancient Greek] [Greek Verb.] [morphosyntax] [New Testament Greek] [TAM] [Tense-Aspect] [Verbal Systems]

March 18, 6PM

I’m on a blogging roll! Hopefully I’ll have a journal article written by the end of it! Come on Journal of Greek Linguistics (or Historical Linguistics for that matter I’d take either). For those who don’t already know, I have a s... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [voice]

March 17, 3PM

You’ll want to go give a look to James Spinti’s post about politeness and aspect in imperatives and maybe contribute to the discussion, too! Aorist or present imperative? Why?  Filed under: Grammar, Greek, Linguistics [grammar] [Greek] [Linguistics]

March 16, 4PM

Sometimes, saying something makes it so. If you have that kind of power, you can use a middle perfect to great effect. καὶ εἶπεν Τωβιας Οὐ μὴ φάγω ἐντεῦθεν οὐδὲ μὴ πίω, ἕως ἂν διαστήσῃς τ... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax]

March 15, 5PM

How do you account for the difference between the following? καὶ διεγερθεὶς ἐπετίμησεν τῷ ἀνέμῳ καὶ εἶπεν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· Σιώπα, πεφίμωσο. καὶ ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος, κα... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics]

January 29, 6PM

It seems that Eleanor Dickey (the author of the superb volume, Ancient Greek scholarship: A Guide to finding, reading, and understanding scholia, commentaries, lexica, and grammatical treatises, from their beginnings to the Byzantine Period) has written a... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [syntax] [Cambridge University Press] [classical Greek] [composition] [Eleanor Dickey]

January 20, 5PM

I’m taking a break for Greek linguistics to talk about English punctuation. I’ve been wanting to writ this for a while and finally got around to it when I saw John E. McIntyre‘s piece about why “not a word” isn’t an arg... [Cognitive Linguistics] [English] [grammar] [Language] [Linguistics] [meme] [Not Studying Greek]

January 19, 5PM

Rosch’s (1978) emphasizes that the prototypical instantiations of a given category are maximally distinct from each other. She states, To increase the distinctiveness and flexibility of categories, categories tend to become defined in terms of prototype... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Language] [Linguistics]

November 25 2015, 8PM

There’s a new grammar coming to town and it looks like it’s going to be a big one! A Morphosyntax and Syntax of Septuaguint Greek by Takamitsu Muraoka (Amazon) Here’s the blurb from the publisher (Peeters-Leuven): Summary: This is the fi... [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [syntax]

November 23, 7PM

I have been silent for a while. That’s bad because I have a debt of several posts and reviews from the Cambridge Verb Conference, but getting my paper post-conference finished has taken up much of my time (and moving across the country has taken up ... [grammar] [Greek] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Pragmatics] [Role and Reference Grammar] [Semantics] [4 Baruch] [deixis] [left dislocation] [Negation] [pseudepigrapha] [reference] [scope]

July 24, 2PM

While I continue to work on writing up my notes, I thought I would share the photography I did while we were in Cambridge. Most of these were either taken while walking to or from Tyndale House or on Rachel and my one free day on Sunday after the conferen... [Greek]

July 22, 7PM

I polled various readers here and on twitter and facebook and I get some requests for which presentations to write about. This is the beginning of following up on that. I’ll also be doing: Rugter Allan’s, Peter Gentry’s, and Rachel Aubre... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics]

July 20, 3PM

It’s coming…it’s coming. So much writing to do. So little time. I’m catching up on work and cleaning up my notes from sesssion. Full report due on Wednesday. I promise. You can read Steve Runge’s brief summary here: HiDe... [Greek]

July 11, 11PM

The Linguistics and Greek Verb Conference finished 9:30PM last night, with my wife giving the last paper on the semantics of θη middles in Koine Greek and their motivation from other clause types. The entire two days were extremely satisfying. I have a ... [Greek]

July 6, 7PM

I want to again thank everyone who contributed to the GoFundMe Campaign: Cambridge Greek Verb Conference. The response was both astounding and generous. Thank you all so much. Here’s what has been happening so far: Rachel and I have been diligently... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Book Reviews] [cambridge verb conference] [GoFundMe] [grammar] [Linguistics]

June 28, 12 PM

That moment when you* read in BDAG (and BAGD, too) that σκοτίζω’s middle form has the function of: The passive of moral darkening. That’s about as beautiful as some of Wallace’s (Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics) categories for cas... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [voice] [bdag] [dictionaries] [grammar] [Lexicons] [middle voice]

June 17, 4AM

This morning, I heard from Carl Conrad on B-Greek (link) that Suzanne Ethelwyn McCarthy passed away last Friday following a battle with breast cancer. My long time readers likely know or remember Suzanne. She participated in a number of discussions about ... [Greek]

June 8, 6PM

A presentational/thetic clause with an indefinite null subject: καὶ ἐξῆλθον ἀπὸ τῶν ἱερέων ἐκ τῶν ἁγίων καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων τοῦ λαοῦ ἀσπάσασθαι αὐτὸν εἰρ... [grammar] [Greek] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Lakoff] [women fire and dangerous things]

June 3, 12 PM

That moment when you read in BDAG that κοιμάω is: in our lit. only in pass. and w. act. sense. …and then the definitions are: “to be asleep” and “to be dead.”  I’m well aware, of course, that Allan’s ... [grammar] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [syntax] [voice] [active voice] [Ancient Greek] [bdag] [grammar] [Linguistics] [middle voice] [passive voice] [Semantics]

May 28, 10AM

Some of you know that I’m a bit of a bibliophile. Some of you also know that I am pretty good at tracking the prices of excessively expensive monographs, patiently waiting, and then swiping up a good deal. For example, I snatched up this pair of ... [Books] [Language] [Linguistics] [Typology]

May 18, 4AM

This is part three of a three part series. Part one can be found here: State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 1 Part two can be found here:  State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 2 The assumption an atelic usage of a inherently telic form is... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Pragmatics] [Semantics] [syntax] [basic color terms] [compotential analysis] [Greek perfect] [Greek Verb.] [Linguistics] [Nida] [postclassical Greek] [prototype theory]

May 16, 4AM

This is part two of a three part series. Part one can be found here: State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 1 Part three will soon be available here on Monday:  State predicates and the Greek perfect, Pt 3 I concluded the previous post with the fo... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Pragmatics] [Semantics] [syntax] [basic color terms] [compotential analysis] [Greek perfect] [Greek Verb.] [Linguistics] [Nida] [postclassical Greek] [prototype theory]

May 14, 1PM

Somehow this post ended up being 2000 words long. I’ve broken it into three smaller parts which are scheduled to be posted every other day for the next week. The final project will also be uploaded to Academia.edu as a single PDF for easier acces... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [basic color terms] [compotential analysis] [Greek perfect] [Greek Verb.] [Linguistics] [Nida] [postclassical Greek] [prototype theory]

8AM

James W. Voelz has a review of Robert Funk’s Greek Grammar on the Review of Biblical Literature, that’s available here: A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek. For those of you who aren’t aware, Funk’s grammar, sadl... [Book Reviews] [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [book review] [Funk] [greek grammar] [Morphology] [postclassical Greek] [syntax]

May 12, 6AM

Transitivity isn’t a binary thing. You can scale it across usage. This is clear in things like lexical semantics. Consider the middle instances of φοβέω, for example. ἐφοβήθησαν δὲ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Ῥωμαῖοί ε... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [voice] [Cambridge] [Greek Verb.] [Linguistics] [middle voice] [subject affectedness] [thesis]

May 10, 3PM

We passed the $500 mark last week. The response and kindness expressed by everyone has been pretty incredible. Some gifts have come in independently of GoFundMe and, as a result, I have reduced the total goal again to $2100.  That means Rachel and I a... [Greek] [Book Reviews] [Cambridge] [GoFundMe] [Linguistics] [verb conference]

May 6, 8AM

A break from our regularly scheduled programming… Get involved. Filed under: Greek [Greek] [Awareness] [Cystic Fibrosis]

May 4, 3PM

One chicken may not be a lot of chickens. On the other hand, one chicken might be a whole lot of chicken.    Filed under: Greek [Greek]

April 27, 3AM

I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways that I could say thank you to the generosity of those who have helped or in the coming days/weeks will help Rachel and I accept the invitation to present at the Cambridge Greek Verb Conference. Also: ... [Books] [Other] [Personal] [Book Reviews] [GoFundMe] [Greek] [Linguistics]

April 26, 3PM

Rachel’s jaw dropped when she saw the generosity that readers and friends have demonstrated since yesterday. It looks like I’ll be blogging about at least one presentation from the conference. And perhaps, I should lower the bar, too, so that... [Other] [Personal] [Cambridge] [GoFundMe] [Greek Verb Conference] [Linguistics]

April 25, 6PM

Go Fund Me (or ‘Us’, I should say). Many of you are likely aware that this coming July there is going to be an academic conference on the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of the verb in Post-classical (Koine) Greek. I wrote a post about it wh... [Greek] [conference] [GoFundMe] [Linguistics] [Verb]

April 22, 4PM

It’s in desperate need of an update since it’s now five years, but I decided I should just go ahead and upload my full paper on Greek syntax databases. The power point is already available. <a href="https://www.academia.edu/12073252/Gr... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax]

10AM

Steve Runge is doing a Google Hangout talking about restrictive clauses and backgrounding in Galatians. Some of you might want to check it out. Your local time for it will be at the link, but it’s at 1PM Pacific. And of course, there’s his exc... [Greek]

April 15, 5AM

There’s an interesting review of a book that I hadn’t see before. It looks self-published, but the review is quite positive. BMCR Review: Lucian, On the Death of Peregrinus: An Intermediate Ancient Greek Reader If you’re interested in... [Books] [Greek] [greek books] [Greek students] [intermediate readers] [vocabulary]

April 4, 4PM

It looks like John Lee’s A History of New Testament Greek Lexicography might be out of print…which is a bit of a disaster. If there’s one book about Greek lexicography that everyone should read, it’s honestly this book. Not only ... [Books] [Greek] [Lexicography]

March 16, 6PM

So…if anyone wants to have a looksie at my Amazon Book Wish List…Filed under: Greek [Greek]

March 13, 7PM

What motivates the ordering.  I’m looking into the question right now. Stephanie Bakker’s book on the noun phase deals with the issue to some degree, but her discussion lacks explanatory power and I’d say she focuses too much on tradit... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax] [definiteness] [Linguistics] [noun phrase] [quantification] [semantic scope] [Word Order]

March 2, 5PM

Scholars in Press: An interview with Elizabeth Robar. Kris’ second interview, this time with Elizabeth Robar, is up. Elizabeth also studied at GIAL and has been heavily influenced by Paul Kroeger. I never knew Dr. Kroeger as a teacher (he was on sab... [Greek]

February 23, 11AM

Chris & Kris, who blog about the intersection of biblical studies and linguistics at Old School Script have posted an interview with me as a kick off to a new series of interviews that they’re putting together. Be sure to check it out. Scholars ... [Other] [Personal] [Interview] [Linguistics]

February 19, 5PM

Here’s a recently completed Ph.D. Dissertation posted on Academia.edu. Thought you might be interested: The loss of the genitive in the diachrony of GreekFiled under: Grammar, Greek, Historical Linguistics, Language, Linguistics, Morphology [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [case] [Diachrony] [genitive] [Historical linguistics] [language change]

January 17, 11PM

Constantin von Tischendorf, the great textual critic and New Testament scholar turns 200 years old today. Pour a glass of wine and give him a toast. And then maybe spend some time reading his 8th edition, rather than your Nestle/Aland. Or perhaps pick up ... [Greek] [Other] [Textual Criticism] [birthdays] [Textual Criticism] [Tischendorf]

January 14, 8AM

Ancient Greek Verb-Initial Compounds: Their Diachronic Development Within the Greek Compound System by Olga Tribulato I don’t know anything about this volume or its author.  But the topic is one that is surely understudied and for that reason alone... [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics]

January 12, 10AM

So apparently 343 people have checked out my thesis since I uploaded it and put it in the top 1% of views for the month (link). Thanks for that, everyone. Though at 343 views, I suppose that doesn’t speak well for Academia.edu. Or perhaps it means t... [Other]

January 6, 7PM

I uploaded a power point presentation on Greek syntax databases that presented at BibleTech 2010. It’s available for download there. The content is somewhat dated. The situation has changed since 2010 (particularly with some new databases since spri... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [syntax]

December 30 2014, 6PM

With the posting of the second portion of background/prefatory material to my thesis, I have officially uploaded my thesis to Academia.edu. If you’re a Greek student/scholar. I would encourage you to read to the two posts dedicated to discussing my ... [Greek]

5PM

The purpose of this second post (for the first post, see here: Challenges in language analysis: thesis prefatory material) is to provide some introduction to my analysis and provide some background for the conclusions at which I arrived. In a sense, this ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Role and Reference Grammar] [Semantics] [syntax] [Ancient Greek] [Aspect] [Cambridge University Press] [grammar] [Grammatical Theory] [John Benjamins] [Linguistic Theory] [Linguistics] [RRG] [TAM] [Tense] [University of Chicago Press]

December 21, 7AM

I don’t think I’ll have time for posting this week, so I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I have two or three posts on the burner that should be finished fairly soon after Christmas, though, so you can expect some more reading s... [Other] [Merry Christmas]

December 12, 9PM

I’m not an ANE guy, but even I can’t resist posting this: Filed under: ANE, Not Studying Greek, OT [ANE] [Not Studying Greek] [OT] [comedy] [parody] [philology] [YouTube]

2PM

If anything could supplant LSJ, this could be it. I’m looking forward to picking up a copy. The fact that it relies so heavily on the papyri & inscriptions is hugely significant. I have wanted to examine the Italian edition for some time, but ha... [Books] [Greek] [Language] [Lexicography] [Linguistics] [Ancient Greek] [Franco Montanari] [Lingua Greca]

December 2, 7PM

Was anyone else aware of the fact that Peeters has this three volume set? A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World Volume 1 (Amazon) A Companion to Linear B: Mycenaean Greek Texts and their World Volume 2 (Amazon) A Companion to Line... [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Mycenaean Greek Texts] [Mycenaean period]

November 26, 5PM

This year’s SBL annual meeting was a huge success for me: plenty of meaningful conversation with friends both old and new together with several important discussions about future and ongoing projects in Greek grammar. And because this is probably th... [Other] [Flickr] [SBL]

November 25, 10AM

by Mike Aubrey via Koine Greek (#44589)
I know that this volume is not strictly about Greek. Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile volume to examine. And Bryn Mawr Classical Review just published a review of the work: Olga Spevak, The Noun Phrase in Classical Latin Prose Unfortunately, as alway... [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Latin] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [Bryn Mawr Classical Review] [Olga Spevak]

November 24, 6PM

(Like all headlines that begin with a question, you can assume this one should be answered with a negative) Randall Buth noted that across the history of the Greek language the idea that the perfect is imperfective is totally novel and for that reason it ... [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics]

November 22, 6PM

I just uploaded the power point from my thesis defense presentation to Academia.edu. It isn’t a lot of information. I confess all by itself that it might create more questions than anything else. But we’re making progress. The real deal will b... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics]

November 19, 11AM

Journal of Greek Linguistics: Volume 14, Issue 2, 2014 Not free, of course, but always worth keeping track of. From the Editors Authors: Dag T.T. Haug; Brian D. Joseph and Anna Roussou pp.: 137–137 (1) In Memoriam: Gaberell Drachman (27... [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics]

4AM

I updated my website’s appearance. I think this is an improvement, but I’d be interested in feedback.Filed under: Greek [Greek]

November 18, 2PM

I apologize: this post is both far longer and more rambling than I imagined. Nevertheless, the information is still fairly important, well, at least it is to me. Before I had even determined what I was going to write my thesis on, I had put a lot of thoug... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [Typology] [Grammar Writing] [grammatical analysis] [Role and Reference Grammar] [RRG]

November 16, 12 PM

Sony A7, Canon FDn 85mm f/1.2L, ISO1600, 1/100Filed under: Greek [Greek]

November 15, 12 PM

Natural logic and the Greek moods I came across an interesting quote from David Lightfoot in  Natural Logic and the Greek Moods: Greek has desiderative stems (as opposed to the σείω system) which serve as presents and are bases for conjugations: ἀ... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Linguistics] [Semantics]

November 6, 10AM

In catching up on this blog and trying staying afoot with the advancement of Greek language scholarship, I ought to point out a few new monographs that are soon to be released. As usual, they probably aren’t within the budget of the average student ... [Biblical Studies] [Books] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Linguistics] [syntax] [Books] [grammar] [Linguistics]

October 17, 7PM

I’m way behind on using this website to record and document ongoing publications that interface Greek and linguistics. This post is part of my renewed efforts for correct that. This morning in the mail I received a copy of Douglas Huffman’s Ve... [Biblical Studies] [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Musings] [Semantics] [greek grammar] [Linguistics] [Peter Lang] [Prohibitions] [Studies in Biblical Greek] [Verbal aspect]

October 14, 5PM

Those of you who exist primarily within the realm of biblical studies or NT studies rather than in linguistics would do well to give Steve Runge’s recent blog post a read: On eclecticism in linguisticsFiled under: Biblical Studies, Blogroll, Languag... [Biblical Studies] [Blogroll] [Language] [Linguistics]

October 10, 10PM

I just found out that two important reference works on Ancient Greek been available in paperback since January 2014. Geoffrey Horrocks’ Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers Egbert Bakker’s A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language Obv... [Book Reviews]

7PM

The fellas over at Old School Script pointed out a new volume on cognitive linguistics that I was unaware of: The Bloomsbury Companion to Cognitive Linguistics (Bloomsbury Companions) I’m not sure it’s the guide I’ve been waiting for, bu... [Books] [Cognitive Linguistics] [Historical linguistics] [Linguistics]

October 9, 7PM

For those who skipped over the nonsensically long post before this one, I successfully defended my thesis on August 26th and passed pending the correction of my excessive typos…which I then fixed correctly. No other revisions. I will be uploading it... [Greek] [Linguistics] [Role and Reference Grammar] [Semantics] [syntax] [defense] [Linguistics] [prototype theory] [RRG] [thesis]

6PM

Just to recap on this series, since I’ve been so busy with so many other things and so lazy about my blog, you may want to get a refresher at what we’re discussing in the introductory post here: Linguistic adequacy and Greek grammars and here: Lin... [Book Reviews] [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Logos Bible Software] [Semantics] [syntax] [a.t. robertson] [Blinkin] [grammar] [Guessing] [History of Linguistics] [Linguistics] [Negation] [Robin Hood Men in Tights]

September 12, 6AM

Really, the only thing I love more than an ancient language is an ancient grammarian writing about an ancient language. And to that end, the most recent issue of Bryn Mawr Classical Review caught my eye. Minna Seppänen, Defining the Art of Grammar: Ancie... [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [History of Linguistics] [Ancient Grammar] [grammar]

July 27, 7AM

Has anyone ever noticed that Daniel Wallace’s intermediate grammar uses a strangely large number of exclamation points considering its genre? What’s up with that?Filed under: Greek [Greek]

July 19, 1PM

I must apologize first for the fact that we’re starting with BDF. It is an incredibly dense and difficult to read volume. I’ve heard it said that if you know Greek well enough to have the ability to use BDF, then you probably don’t even actually nee... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax] [BDF] [descriptive adequacy] [greek grammar] [linguistic adequacy] [Observational adequacy]

June 9, 4PM

The Baptist Bulletin, the online magazine of the denomination Rod was a part of, has published its obituary for this great gentleman and scholar. Remembering Rod Decker Similarly, a variety of people who knew and loved Rod have written their own tributes,... [Greek] [grammar] [obituary] [Rod Decker]

June 7, 7PM

It has only been in the past couple years that I have realized that for the most part, the vast majority of Greek reference grammars have a significant lack in terms of the claims they make. This is especially true of grammars written after the reign of t... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [descriptive adequacy] [explanatory adequacy] [Grammar Writing] [Linguistics] [Observational adequacy]

June 4, 7AM

Christopher Skinner over at Crux Sola has reported news that Francis Gignac has passed away at the age of 81. He will be greatly missed as a scholar and teacher by many. For myself, I consider his grammar of the Greek papyri of the Roman and Byzantine per... [Greek]

May 25, 6AM

Many of you like have already seen the announcement at ntresources.com, but it is worth sharing here as well. Rod Decker passed away this morning. His family has a tribute to him on his blog. Our final promotion  Filed under: Other, Personal [Other] [Personal]

May 21, 6AM

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics This goes in the category of absolutely (likely, anyway) excellent reference works that nobody can afford, but everybody should have. Brill is publishing their Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language a... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Historical linguistics] [Language] [Libraries] [Linguistics] [Linking] [scholarship]

May 12, 10AM

SIL Linguist and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington Robert E. Longacre passed away recently. This morning, his obituary appeared on Linguistlist.org. You can read the full thing here: Obituary of Robert E. Longacre Here’s a great quot... [Language] [Linguistics] [news stories] [Personal]

February 21, 7AM

The linguist Charles Fillmore passed away last week. There was an excellent post on the Language Log last week from Ben Zimmer conveying the news: Charles J. Fillmore, 1929-2014. I would encourage all of you to read it and the excellent account of Fillmor... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax]

October 14 2013, 11AM

Ἐργάζομαι is a bit of a difficult verb to deal with in terms of voice. It’s perhaps the only verb that causes problems (at least at face value) after the rejection of deponency as a valid category for the Greek Voice System. Rutgar Allan c... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Morphology] [Semantics] [voice] [grammar] [Linguistics] [Verbs]

May 23, 11AM

I know its regularly said by those whose background is in classics and the tradition of classical philology that much of linguistics today and its own set terminology creates a sort of ivory tower situation, where it is almost impossible to follow a discu... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Attic Greek Prose Syntax] [grammar] [Grammar Writing] [Negation]

March 31, 6PM

I find it difficult to accept the analysis of the Ancient Greek perfect as proposed by Gero and Stechow (2003; LINK: 2002 prepub version), aside from the fact that I think they rely too heavily on the traditional categories of the English perfect, the lar... [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax]

November 15 2012, 2PM

I just wanted to make this passing note. A few posts back, I presented my analysis of the 1882 edition of William Moulton’s translation of Winer’s Greek grammar. In that discussion, I made the observation that Porter had treated Moulton-Winer unfairly... [Books] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [grammar] [Linguistics] [Porter] [Verbal aspect]

November 14, 2PM

I just read Chris Brady’s post about how he won’t be at SBL this year (SBL – I knew you well). That’s unfortunate, though I think no one can argue with his reason. With his daughter’s 15th birthday, he’s making the righ... [Other] [Personal] [Chris Brady] [public transit] [right move]

November 9, 2PM

For the past couple years now, I’ve generally held back on criticizing other published works of others (with a few small exceptions). This has mainly because of pushback that I’ve gotten from people like Rod Decker on the question, who has poi... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [Biblical Scholarship] [Linguistics] [publishing] [research]

November 3, 7PM

The same thing happened last year. If you’re a linguist, you get screwed by scheduling conflicts. Maybe this is just what happens when a conference that incorporates linguistics as a side discipline is then organized by people who know nothing abou... [rant] [conference] [research] [SBL]

November 1, 6PM

Logos Bible Software has released the new version of their flagship project: Logos 5. It incorporates some massive changes in datasets and built in resources while keeping much of the user experience quite similar to Logos 4. I had originally intended to... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [Libraries] [Linking] [Logos Bible Software] [Other] [scholarship] [research] [software] [Technology]

October 21, 9PM

Despite the production of other New Testament grammars, Winer’s work continued to hold the greatest influence throughout the century and by 1882, it was in its ninth English edition.[1] William Moulton’s contributions to the grammar grew consistently ... [Book Reviews] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [syntax]

September 20, 8PM

In working on research for an article I’m in the process of cleaning up for publication, I have been working through a variety of texts that deal with the interface between intonation and information structure. Lambrecht (1994) is one of the more useful... [Books] [English] [grammar] [Information Structure] [Language] [Linguistics] [Musings] [Phonology] [Pragmatics] [Semantics] [book notes] [Intonation] [Lambrecht] [Pronouns] [prosody]

September 7, 7PM

The translation of Raphael Kühner’s German grammar into English by William Jelf marks the closest we get to a comprehensive grammar of Classical and Hellenistic Greek.[1] And while it does not provide a distinct discussion of New Testament Greek by its... [Book Reviews] [grammar] [Greek] [History of Linguistics] [Language] [Linguistics] [Semantics] [Jelf] [Kühner] [Tense] [Verb] [Verbal aspect]

August 14, 9PM

I have said before on a number of other occasions that the fact that a mismatch between a particular location in time and a particular grammatical form does not, in itself, constitute sufficient evidence that the language does not have tense. Thus, though... [Cognitive Linguistics] [grammar] [Greek] [Language] [Linguistics] [Quotes] [Semantics] [grammar] [linguistic signs] [Linguistics] [mental representations] [temporal deixis] [Tense] [Verbal aspect]