The meaning of words and expressions are notoriously difficult to analyze. Lexicographers have their work cut out for them in building a dictionary. Most often their methodology is based on subjective methods. But this makes it difficult to challenge their conclusions — at least in a capacity that relies on more than strong personal convictions. Is there another way to doing the backend investigations of lexicography?
Category Archive: Language
What if semantic research could be based on stats and not just gut? For several decades this has been a reality more are coming to experience. Read on and let me catch you up.
What if instructors were able to build lessons for Greek prepositions around physical actions that students could perform themselves both in class and at home? Methods such as this help connect the meaning of the prepositions not to rote memorization, but to physical behavior and actions. Below are some of the more salient uses of ποῦς, ‘foot’ with various prepositions that lend themselves to this type of experiential learning.
Grammatical description necessarily involves a minimum of two languages. There is, first, the object language, the language being […]
Five years after the workshop at Tyndale House, Cambridge our papers are finally being published. Many thanks to […]
The response to my proposal for a linguistics reading group last month went way beyond my expectations. Clearly, […]
In Part I, we tried to give a basic overview of what aspect is, along with one practical application for paying attention to aspect. In Part II, we considered some of the various points of agreement and disagreement among scholars on this topic. With this background, we are in a better place to discuss perfect aspect. Part III provides a condensation of parts of my chapter on the perfect in Black & Merkle (2020).
There is effectively no debate about the definition of aspect in Greek. There is also effectively no debate about the definitions of the imperfective and perfective aspects, two categories we discussed in Part I. This is true whether you’re reading Fanning (1990), Decker (2007), Campbell (2007), any of the contributors to Runge & Fresch (2016), or anyone else.
I want to attempt hosting/leading a grammatical analysis reading group using Emma Pavey’s book, The structure of language: An introduction to grammatical analysis.
Is this the best blog post for introducing people to aspect?
I’m not sure, but I hope that it will be helpful, nonetheless.