Paul S. Dixon, pastor
Ladd Hill Bible Church
On Wed, 8 Jan 1997, David L. Moore wrote:
> At 04:53 PM 1/8/97 -0600, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> >At 4:34 PM -0600 1/8/97, Jim Beale wrote:
> >>On Jan 6, 7:29pm, Carl W. Conrad wrote:
> >>> >Jim, the rule of accent is that if a word with an acute on the antepenult
> >>> >(third from last syllable) or a circumflex on the penult (second from
> >>> >last), it receives a second accent (acute) on the ultima (last syllable).
> >>> This is true IF, AND ONLY IF, the word in question is followed by an
> >>> enclitic (an accentless word that is deemed, for purposes of pronunciation
> >>> and accentuation, an addendum to the preceding word). In Romans 1:9 the
> >>> enclitic that follows is MOU. The reason for this is the instinctive horror
> >>> felt by a Greek speaker for an accent (pitch-mark in reality) more than
> >>> three syllables from the end of a word.
> >>1. Well, this has been an enlightening experience. None of my grammars have
> >>any information on this. Accenting is given short shrift in most of the
> >>ones I've seen - although Dana and Mantey say that in order to be considered
> >>to have a polished knowledge of Greek, one must pay close attention to the
> >>accents. There's little fear that I am at the polishing level - I'm still
> >>rough hewing! Not even BDF has anything to say on this. Where does one
> >>find the little gems that Carl and Carlton tossed out so non-chalantly?
> >>You guys blow me away! :-)
> >Any decent grammar of classical Attic will discuss this. NT textbooks seem
> >disposed to let students wrestly with everything else. It's not really the
> >most important thing to learn about in ancient Greek.
> Just to add to Carl's comment a bibliographic note that might be
> helpful to Jim and others who find the info on accents in the NT grammars to
> be either scanty or scattered and so not very accessible: D. A. Carson has
> produced a text called _Greek Accents: A Student's Manual_ (Grand Rapids:
> Baker, 1985). It contains a well oraganized treatment of the Greek accent
> and should be helpful for anyone who feels short shrifted by the
> presentation of this subject in the grammars.
> David L. Moore Director
> Miami, Florida, USA Department of Education
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