[B-Greek] Lexicography and Deponency
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Wed Nov 10 13:23:59 EST 2010
On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 8:51 AM, Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm in, but then again, I've been pushing the metric system for English
> since the late 60's. ("Holding, Offense. 9.14 meter penalty. First
> down!") One potential problem with your proposal is that with a verb like
> ἔσπειρε (ESPEIRE) you would not know if the first person aorist would be
> ἔσπειρον or ἔσπειρα. So, I propose using the SECOND person (in this case,
> ἔσπειρας) for the principle parts.
Complications, complications! One advantage of the third person forms is that
they are the most common, but I'll agree that I'd need more thought about it.
By the way, I've been reading a history of NT lexicography by John A. L. Lee,
and he has a page of the earliest NT lexicon, part of the Complutensian Polyglot
printed in 1514, and it uses the first person, uncontracted singular, much as we
do now. So it's an old tradition.
> Except that if you went with φιλεῖς instead of φιλεω you would be forcing
> people to always use the accents (otherwise the verb could technically be a
> non-contract verb) and some people have even theological reasons for not
> using the accents. Personally, a form like φιλεεις (FILEEIS) does not
> bother me, since that is what you see in Homer. But anyway, I think you are
> on the right track.
The accent is also necessary if you go with the present infinitive, so I'm not
too worried about it.
Stephen C. Carlson
Graduate Program in Religion
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