[B-Greek] Carl Conrad's account of Voice and Deponency

Michael Aubrey mga318 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 30 07:09:09 EDT 2010

The key is to recognize that the distinction isn't a binary one. Its better to understand the relationship between them as asymmetrical: where the semantic feature is always present one one (the marked formed) and the semantic feature may or may not be present on the other (the unmarked/default form).

Steve Runge has a nice explanation of the concept here:

(note the links to parts 2 & 3 at the bottom of the page)

This kind of organizational system is explicitly used in Rutgar Allan's book The Middle Voice in Ancient Greek: A Study in Polysemy -- a book in the same stream of thought as Carl's own work.

Mike Aubrey

From: Ben Hudson <ben.hudson at student.moore.edu.au>
To: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Thu, April 29, 2010 7:49:01 PM
Subject: [B-Greek] Carl Conrad's account of Voice and Deponency

In Luke 9:1-2 Jesus summons the 12 and
"1 He gave them power and authority over all the demons, and |power| to heal (QERAPEUW) diseases.  2 Then He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (IAOMAI) the sick."

I am struggling to see how a 'subject focus' can be seen in v2, but not in v1 for the healing verb.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Ben Hudson
Moore Theological College - Sydney
ben.hudson at student.moore.edu.au

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