[B-Greek] Translate Sprechen Sie Attich (Greek Phrasebook) intoEnglish?

Vasile STANCU stancu at mail.dnttm.ro
Mon Aug 2 17:33:04 EDT 2010

The B-Greek team is, in my opinion, so greatly gifted with briliant minds and people with so great experience, which makes me wonder why a NEW project is not immediately undertaken when the need is there to have a conversational textbook for common use; why not a new one jointly made? I guess it is quite a difficult task for any 'outsider', i.e., outside the B-Greek team, aiming to such goal to... raise funds... make up a team... set up a schedule ... persuade an editor, etc., whereas in our case we have all the conditions ready.

A conversational texbook? Let the B-Greek specialists set up the criteria by which relevant passages are selected. For instance: "Any passage where a question is being riased - whether an answer is returned or not - is a good point for this project". Then, ask for volonteers: someone would search Mathew for all such cases, another one for Mark, Luke, etc. Then for all such instances someone would look for all instances encountered in patristic literature and add relevant variants for questions/answers, etc. Others would look for all relevant passages where aswers are given, etc. 
I suppose a NEW project undertaken like this would take less time and a lot more passion for those who engage, comparing with translating a book and taking care of all legal aspects such as copyright etc., 'oder'?

Vasile Stancu

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From: b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:b-greek-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Carl Conrad
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Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Translate Sprechen Sie Attich (Greek Phrasebook) intoEnglish?

On Aug 2, 2010, at 8:08 AM, James Spinti wrote:

> This sounds like a wonderful project, but I think you had better check the European copyright laws first. They are much stricter than the US.

Oddly enough, the book was reprinted in March 2010 by Nabu Press (http://tinyurl.com/2u6vrph).
The blurb: "This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book."

I see no reason why it might not be Englished, but there probably are copyright details that need to be sorted out.

Carl W. Conrad

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> James Spinti
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> Hello all,
> I would like to get the book Sprechen Sie Attisch, by E.  Joannides, 1902 (latest edition 1922), translated into English and put it into the public domain. Perhaps someone out there who knows German well (mine is very rusty) would be willing to partner over the coming year to translate this into English. I would be happy to type the Fraktur into Latin characters and the Greek into Unicode. The only thing I need is someone to translate the passages of German (early on) and the Deutch glosses into English. 
> The book can be found on Google Books at http://books.google.com/books?id=21oQAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=sprechen+sie+attisch&hl=en&ei=oBhWTLPJIcaInQfq5vjGAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false.  This book is the 1902 edition. There is apparently a 1922 edition, which may be the same.
> This book is very helpful for those who want to learn by an active learning methodology as it is based on phrases and idioms that frequently occur in authors. 
> So any takers?. The book is only 80 pages long. If you are interested, send me an email off-list. I think this could easily be done in a year with little effort. 
> Ερρωσο,
> Louis Sorenson
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