[B-Greek] Iterative, Customary, Gnomic, Conative, etc.
amgking at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 28 14:15:44 EDT 2007
On Mar 28, 2007, at 1:33 AM, John Sanders wrote:
". . . I do not believe there is any positive correlation between the
skill of "talking
about a language" with the skill of "talking the language".
"In other words, I think you can sit down and read the GNT in Greek
knowing any of this linguistic theory.
". . . do you want to learn to talk about the Greek, or do you want
So says Funk in the eye-opening preface (which deserves to be read
carefully and in full) to his A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of
Hellenistic Greek, an online version of which is available at
". . . It is the language itself and not a grammar about that
language that the student who wishes to learn to read Greek needs to
confront. For that reason, the grammar itself is suppressed wherever
possible. And, if modern linguistics is correct in its fundamental
affirmations, the one needful thing in learning a new language is
familiarity with its grammatical structure. Such familiarity need not
be explicit; the learner needs to "know" the structure and structure
signals only in the sense that he is able, immediately and without
deliberation, to respond to them.". . . traditional grammar might
be something apart from the ability to read Greek, in fact, might be
an impediment to such ability."
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