[B-Greek] AIWNION versus AIWNIAN for feminine

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Tue Jun 6 08:23:10 EDT 2006

Thanks Carl, for reminding me that the broader issue is 3-termination  
versus 2-termination rather than merely the specific accusative  
singular form.

To give people a broader context, Ulrik Petersen and I and currently  
working on all the instances in our respective morphological  
databases where a word has more than one reflex for a particular set  
of morphological features. e.g. when does a word have two different  
forms for the accusative singular feminine.

Obviously 1st/2nd aorists feature a lot.

Carl, you may be particularly interested to know that part of this  
will result in a shift in the treatment of middle/passive forms.

James Tauber

On 06/06/2006, at 6:04 AM, Carl W. Conrad wrote:

> LSJ indicates that the 3-termination form is attested in Plato and  
> others, although it is rare. BDAG also indicates that the -IA  
> adjectival form appears in several LXX texts. So it would appear  
> that AIWNIOS is most generally a 2-termination adjective, but the  
> feminine form, although rare, is not unattested. Certainly there  
> are other deviations from a "standard" usage, particularly with  
> words that may not be part of one's everyday vocabulary. I've  
> marveled at the fact that AGALLIAOMAI, which is apparently middle  
> in standard usage, appears 11x in the GNT: 2x active, 8x middle, 1x  
> passive -- and without any evident distinction of meaning.
> On Jun 6, 2006, at 4:48 AM, James Tauber wrote:
>> The NT overwhelmingly seems to favour AIWNION as the feminine
>> accusative singular of AIWNIOS.
>> There are only two occasions in the NA/UBS text where the spelling
>> AIWNIAN is used: 2Thess and Hebrews.
>> Is there any historical or dialectal distinction outside the NT
>> between the two forms?
>> And any theories as to why, of all the Pauline corpus, only 2Thess
>> uses the -AN form?
>> (The phrase in 2Thess 2.16 is PARAKLHSIN AIWNIAN; in Hebrews 9.12
>> James Tauber
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