[B-Greek] ESTIN Accent?

Richard Ghilardi qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
Wed Jun 3 15:30:01 EDT 2009

Thanks Dr. Buth.

I sent my rather long-winded reply out before I read your post. Your take
on it is subtle. I think I can English it like this (correct me if I'm

<< And as for the woman you saw, she's the great city... >>

But I don't know how to put that into Greek, except, of course, that
ESTIN is paroxytone.

Yours in His grace,

Richard Ghilardi - qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
West Haven, Connecticut USA


Randall Buth wrote:

We can explain the medieval copyists' choice as 'virtually' beginning
a sentence. If one reads KAI H GYNH HN EIDES as a dangling
introduction with a slight comma intonation, then ESTIN becomes
the virtual restart of the sentence and may take a sentence initial
accent. After all, HN EIDES is a clause in its own right that is
separating the subject from the rest of the sentence.
If one does not pause and restart, then one would need to re-accent:
But that may sound to little jarring to a Greek ear where predicates
so often precede ESTIN, since HN EIDES is not the predicate.
Hence the slight pause and reaccentuation of ESTIN as if from a
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