When we talk about prepositional meaning, we have focused on the usage of prepositions in constructional contexts. We have not talked about ἀπό or ἐκ meaning CAUSE, for example, but rather ἀπό and ἐκ being used in a CAUSE expressions. This is an important distinction.
The following is an essay encompassing the analysis and data that we will be presenting in our paper on ἐκ and ἀπό at the Greek Prepositions Workshop at Tyndale house in Cambridge this coming Friday, June 30th. It is a compilation of the short pieces that we have posted over the past week.
"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 is first applied, in his early experience, to such ordinary specimens as oaks, maples, and elms.... Continue Reading →
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 traced to Proto-Indo-European, ἐκ from *h1ǵʰ-s 'out' and ἀπό from *h2epo 'from' (Beekes 2010). Their... Continue Reading →
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. If we distance ourselves from the old essentialist presuppositions and approach the actual unfolding of language use and linguistic cognition in... Continue Reading →
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 Linguistic Approaches to Lexicography & Theology 30 June–1 July, 2017 From Workshop Website: About Students... Continue Reading →
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 both formats! This a portion from the section on semantics: The nineteenth century represents the era in which lexical semantics began... Continue Reading →
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 an examination of the semantics of ἐκ and ἀπό, the emphasis on how their usage has... Continue Reading →
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 the other hand, pragmatics probably wouldn't even exist at all as a field if Chomsky had not... Continue Reading →