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RE: meaning EAN
- To: "'Carl W. Conrad'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: RE: meaning EAN
- From: Andrew Kulikovsky <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 13:22:38 +0930
- Cc: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
Thanks Carl for your insight.
Your knowledge of all aspects of ancient/hellenistic Greek is
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> From: Carl W. Conrad[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 1997 12:57 PM
> To: Andrew Kulikovsky
> Cc: 'email@example.com'
> Subject: Re: meaning EAN
> At 10:41 PM -0400 5/19/97, Andrew Kulikovsky wrote:
> >While reading in 1 John last night I came across EAN in 1 John 2:28
> >the NIV translates as "when". I was confused by this because EAN is
> >up of EI + AN and AN makes a definite statement contingent, yet the
> >context and translation as "when" seems to indicate certainty...
> >I checked Louw & Nida and BAGD and sure enough "when" is given as a
> >possible meaning. But this goes against the indefiniteness introduced
> >AN (EAN).
> >Am I missing something here? I don't understand.
> What is needed here is a bit of perspective of the sort gained from
> awareness of the history of the language and the transformations it
> gone through from the Homeric and Classical Attic to the many
> varieties of
> Koiné. Just as the hINA clauses have expanded beyond the original
> purpose function to encompass quite a variety of substantive clauses
> Koiné, so EAN clauses have expanded beyond their original base as
> of general and vivid future conditions. For one thing, many users of
> are not even conscious of its original inclusion of an EI; in effect
> has become a marker for subjunctive clauses in all kinds of
> conditions: EAN
> + subj. = hOTAN + subj. = EAN TIS + subj. = hOSTIS AN + subj.--or you
> find a hOS EAN. In short, "if-ever" comes to be equivalent to
> and "whoever" when the clause is the apodosis of a condition calling
> for a
> subjunctive. Sometimes you'll find the "when" or "who" expressed, but
> does occasinally happen that EAN simply by marking a conditional
> IMPLIES the temporal or relative element appropriate in the context.
> it's not really that "when" is the meaning of EAN but rather that one
> read the context carefully to determine the best way to convey EAN +
> in any particular instance.
> It strikes me that Latin CUM + subjunctive clauses are very much like
> EAN + subjunctive clauses: CUM marks dependency in a subjunctive
> clause in
> Latin, and one must determine from context whether in a given instance
> should be understood as "when," "since," or "although." I don't mean
> say that EAN functions just as does CUM but rather that as a particle
> subordination it can assume a variety of functions, just as EAN can.
> Carl W. Conrad
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