[B-Greek] Intensive Personal Pronouns

Wayne Leman wayne_leman at sil.org
Sat Feb 8 15:15:40 EST 2003

> Dear List Members,
> I would be interested in hearing some comments from you regarding the
> intensive use of personal pronouns in the GNT.  While any comments are
> welcomed, I am most concerned about the following questions:
> 1.)Wallace only lists AUTOS as intensive in GGBB, but what about EGW in
> constructions such as John 14:6, 18:5, 8:58, et al?

I would think these instances of EGW are also intensive.

> 2.) Is there a rule of thumb regarding the assessment of personal
> pronouns used as subjects of verbs?  Do not all such usages carry some
> degree         of intensification as their presence in the sentence
> otherwise is not needed?

>From a cross-linguistic POV, I always start with the assumption that if
there is "redundant" marking of pronominal information with a separate
pronoun there is the possibility of an intensification role for that
pronoun. But we always need to find out if such an assumption is actually
supported by the data, ideally by asking the native speakers. Alas, that's
not easy to do for speakers of Koine Greek, but we can ask speakers of
Modern Greek. I would also assume, all other things being equal, that the
function of separate "redundant" pronouns would remain the same in Modern
Greek if it has has that function in other periods of Greek.

> 3.) In diagramming intensive pronouns, is a shelf beneath an elliptic
> subject pronoun (that one imbedded in the main verb) the best way?

I haven't diagrammed Greek so I don't know the options. There does need to
be some way of indicating that a separate word pronoun is intensive.

Wayne Leman

> Thank you for your responses.
> Thomas Rohm
> Southern California Bible College & Seminary

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