Mr. Timothy T. Dickens (
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 15:07:47 -0500 (EST)

At 09:18 PM 1/20/97 -0200, Isidoros wrote:
>> There is a factor here that might influence but which is not being
>>considered. On most layouts of the computer keyboard for writing Greek - at
>>least here in North America - the epsilon is adjacent to the omega whereas
>>the rho is separated from the theta by two intervening keys. If the book in
>>question was set up on a computer, or done on a typewriter or a composer
>>that employs this keyboard layout HQWTHSAN written for HQETHSAN might be the
>>more probable mistake.
>>David L. Moore
>Thanks for the thought, David.
>Maybe. Though I think the difference, if any remaining, may not be
>found in the letter placement of any typing keyboards (mine, by the
>way, a standard one for Mac, has the epsilon adjacent to the rho, a
>distance from omega) or, in this context, of said miss-taken letters.
>Carl and I are I think by now in relative agreement, in respect of
>each other's positions--and of the fact that it was only by chance,
>though perhaps of the probabilistic, scientific, variety, that the
>word proposed first "happened" to had been the "correct" one.
>What may be of importance for all, I hope, is gained sense out of this
>for an even deeper appreciation of the uniquely special relationship
>between grammar and language.
>The Ionic Centre, Athens
>TTD: Dear Isidoros,

I have been watching this discussion about parsing for two days now.
I have learned something regarding the assumptions made about etymology and
grammar. I think you are right, . . ."out of this [discussion has come]. .
. an even deeper appreciation of the uniquely special relationship between
grammar and language."

Peace and Love,
Timothy T. Dickens
Smyrna, GA Home School

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