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?
Last year I reviewed Porter's collection of essays: Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament: Studies in Tools, Methods, and Practice (Amazon). SBL's Review of Biblical Literature has now also published a review of Porter's book by Héctor Martín. The author finds the book helpful and concludes: "Porter’s work is extremely useful from the point... Continue Reading →
I recently ran a syntax query for places where conjunctions begin the apodosis of a conditional construction. For LXX Day, here's the Deutero-canon data from that search. There are a couple false hits, but it's interesting data nonetheless. CSGLXX-DA The New Revised Standard Version Wisd of Sol 13:9 εἰ γὰρ τοσοῦτον ἴσχυσαν εἰδέναι ἵνα δύνωνται... Continue Reading →
Here's a lovely Christmas tree in a type ornament tree stand from Caleb Alexander’s Greek grammar (1796) to enjoy for your festivities this year, shared on twitter several years ago by the blog: Coffee & Donatus: Early grammars and related matters of art and design. Recent readers will also have noticed that we have added a new... Continue Reading →
For those who do not know me, my name is Chris Fresch. I used to contribute over at Old School Script, but that blog is no longer active. Since then, Mike and Rachel kindly invited me to contribute here. So, here I am! This is a quick post to inform anyone who may be interested... Continue Reading →
The introductory volume on linguistics and exegesis to which I contributed two chapters is finally in print. Linguistics & Biblical Exegesis (Lexham Methods Series) edited by Douglas Mangum & Josh Westbury (Amazon) If I can whet your appetite at all, here's a bit of an excerpt from my discussion of semantics and Greek lexicons/dictionaries: “These... Continue Reading →