I examined the question of Greek prohibitions and the question of the much argued about expressions: stop doing X (imperfective aspect) and do not start X (perfective aspect).
M. A. K. Halliday passed away this past week, April 15th, 2018. There's an excellent obituary on the front page of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Website, as well as at the University of Sidney: Obituary for Michael Halliday. In the New Testament world, Stanley E. Porter and David I. Yoon have written a... Continue Reading →
Brill's Etymological Dictionary of Greek by Robert Beekes has been sitting quietly on prepublication page at Logos.com for about two and a half years now. It languished for some time, particularly because it was priced, as all Brill books are, exorbitantly high. That seems to have changed recently. It's now on pre-order for $104. rather... Continue Reading →
The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek Publisher's description: "This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology... Continue Reading →
Languages often have multiple means of communicating the same thing. Lexical inventories overlap; grammatical forms might share related functions.
Compounding and Cogntive Processes in Word Formation with ὑδροποτέω and its relatives: Discussions of lexical semantics often make assumptions about how meaning works: that the meaning of a word is compositional, the sum-total of its parts. Sometimes this assumption is intentional (structuralist semantics). Other times, it is merely a result of a folk understanding of... Continue Reading →
Panagiotis Filos has written a review of The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek that was published a couple weeks ago. It's worth taking the time to read. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.03.46 (Review of the Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek) Filos is far more positive about the lexicon than John Lee was. But given that Lee... Continue Reading →
What reasons are there for a Greek speaker to use a reflexive pronoun with a verb rather than the middle voice?