ἐκ vs. ἀπό: The history

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 →

Sapir on grammar and grammars

“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 of association. Thus, the idea of “hide” may be also expressed by the word “conceal,”... Continue Reading →

Aspectual tid-bits: οἰκοδομοῦντι & οἰκοδομήσαντι

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, ὑποδείξω ὑμῖν τίνι ἐστὶν ὅμοιος· 48 ὅμοιός ἐστιν ἀνθρώπῳ οἰκοδομοῦντι οἰκίαν ὃς ἔσκαψεν καὶ ἐβάθυνεν καὶ ἔθηκεν θεμέλιον ἐπὶ τὴν πέτραν· πλημμύρης... Continue Reading →

Distinguishing Semantics and Pragmatics

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 →

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 the idea and since I was mentioned in the post directly, I thought I should take a moment and provide... Continue Reading →

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 does this mean? The thrust of the post is probably this quote here: "While the language documenter’s and describer’s work... Continue Reading →

Which intro textbook would you use for NT?

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) Or maybe one of these? An Introduction to the New Testament by D. A. Carson & Douglas Moo... Continue Reading →

This evening, I posted a new page on the website, providing the current table of contents of my wife and I's in-progress reference grammar.

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