[B-Greek] Etymological fallacy?
George F Somsel
gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 19 15:07:19 EST 2008
And while on the subject of childish pursuits and Greek, you might find this of interest -- or not.
… search for truth, hear truth,
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth,
defend the truth till death.
- Jan Hus
From: Joseph Weaks <j.weaks at tcu.edu>
To: B- Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:59:12 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Etymological fallacy?
I think a big part of the problem is that as a teacher of Greek to
beginning students, it is too tempting to over-simplify for the sake
of pedagogical advantage. Etymological & transliterative cues play
such a role in vocabulary learning. I think this applies equally to
both deductive and inductive process. It goes like this:
Teacher: "Yes, well, LUW means 'to release or loose'."
Student: "I'm never going to remember that."
Teacher: "You can find it in in English words... 'analysis' is ANA+LUW
which is to 'break up' something so you can analyze each part."
Student: "Excellent. I understand."
Teacher: "Right, you UNDER+STAND it, meaning that you stand under the
concept in order to gain perspective on it."
And, once we've learned vocabulary through such reliance, it's
difficult to move away from it. When I was a [Greek-learning] child, I
thought like a child, but now...
Rev. Joseph A. Weaks
Minister, Raytown Christian Church
Ph.D. Cand., Brite Divinity School, TCU
On Nov 19, 2008, at 1:26 PM, Dr. Don Wilkins wrote:
> I like Carl's comment that there seems to be no way to convince
> people regarding the ety. fallacy. I'm afraid the problem is that
> etymological "gold nuggets" are one of the leading reasons why people
> get interested in Greek, and they desperately want to believe in
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