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by Alan Bunning
September 10th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Scribes don’t augment right
Replies: 9
Views: 8107

Scribes don’t augment right

I have noticed a lot of words where the scribe leaves off the augment when it should have been present according to the normal rules of conjugation (and sometimes even puts augments on words where it doesn’t belong). Perseus has a lot of such forms labelled as “unaugmented”. Is there a pattern or ce...
by Alan Bunning
September 6th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

None of the thousands of textσ with millions of words online at TLG has μετοξύ. It does not appear to be a form recognized by editors. I am wondering if the editors altered the word to fit the norms, or if it didn't exist in those texts. The word does show up in a number of other texts if you googl...
by Alan Bunning
September 6th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

Stephen Carlson wrote:
September 6th, 2018, 9:18 am
Yep, it’s in my LSJM.
Thanks for checking.
by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

LSJ actually has an entry for μετοξύ. Here it is: μετοξύ, A v. μεταξύ. Make of it what you will. That's interesting. I could not get it to come up on Perseus. So I looked at what I thought was a PDF of LSJ, and it wasn't in there. Turns out I must have an earlier LS (no J) version. So is there a on...
by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

Guys, let's not get into too much of a text criticism discussion here. Alan, while you have a point, there are other explanations. It's possible that the mistakes took place in an early exemplar, and that the scribe(s) copying simply felt they didn't have sufficient authority to make corrections, p...
by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

See Midland American English on wikipedia, under phonology. Sounds in a language are never isolated but part of a system. By the way, squaRsh is mentioned along with waRsh and WaRshington. Well, I am guessing the analysis of that in writing would look just like what I am seeing. I am not sure that ...
by Alan Bunning
September 5th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

They must then be set up into a phonological system that makes sense within the system and it should be related to the development of the parallel dialectical systems within the history of language. Why does it need to be a system? For example, there are a lot of people here in the Midwest that “wo...
by Alan Bunning
September 4th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

I doubt your doubts, because multiple scribes wrote them and did not correct their “mistakes”, and in most cases, neither did any of the many subsequent hands which also did not bother to “correct” them. I'm concerned that this may be reading too much into scribes and later hands not correcting "mi...
by Alan Bunning
September 4th, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

In order to deal with the question a person must think PHONOLOGICALLY. Yes, of course, which is how these examples were found in the first place! My program found them, not because they were spelled differently, but because they were NOT phonetic matches according the normal phonetic equivalents. S...
by Alan Bunning
September 1st, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Syntax and Grammar
Topic: Legitimate word forms?
Replies: 28
Views: 15544

Re: Legitimate word forms?

It's an interesting question, isn't it? Based on Buth’s response, another way to look at it would be, how often does a common scribal error have to be repeated before it is considered an acceptable form. For example, “ain’t” was never considered to be correct English, but because its usage persiste...

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