[B-Greek] Use of TE
dustiescott222755 at hotmail.com
Sun Nov 2 01:33:55 EDT 2008
Hmm, thank you for your response. That is a very clever explanation of what it means. Going off what you have written, I think it is interesting to analyze the usage based off of how it was compounded in words. It appears in quite a few of our demonstrative pronouns such as TOSOS (TE+OSOS), TOIOS (TE+OIOS), TOIOUTOS (TE+OIOS+OUTOS), and even the adverb TOTE (TE+hOTE, note not QOTE on the analogy of POTE and hOPOTE). I think tentativley that it served to give a definiteness and a less strengthened form of addition than KAI.Ex. hO hIATROS EISHLQE hOTE EXHLQE ho IHSOUS. hO hIATROS EISHLQE TOTE. As a stretch for comparison, I might suggest that English as a Germanic language once had a TE conjunction on the analogy of where/there and when/then, which did the same thing.Ex. You came when he left. You came then. However, this is not necessarily true if you look at MHTE (MH+TE) and OUTE (OU+TE). An interesting case for comparison in respect to TE and DE might be MHTE to MHDE and OUTE to OUDE. Anyone have any ideas? All I can think is that MHTE and OUTE where originally inclusive, whereas MHDE and OUDE where exclusive if that makes any sense. Ideas? Scott Kennedy
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