Re: Help with parsing

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Oct 25 1996 - 06:48:32 EDT

At 9:48 AM -0500 10/25/96, KULIKOVSKY, Andrew wrote:
>Fellow Greeks,
>What I find the most difficult thing to do at present when reading
>Greek is parse accurately.
>Do any of the scholars or Greek teachers out there know of any
>good ways to learn to parse well. I can parse nouns and adjectives
>reasonably well and present tense verbs, but the other verb forms
>and especially PARTICIPLES, I have a lot of trouble with.
>Can anyone point me to books, sections of books or articles that
>deal with this matter well.
>Please, any help would be greatly appreciated.
>I think someone has the follow quote/proverb in there sig:
>"To translate is human; To parse, divine."
>Yes, I am beginning to see there is a lot of truth in this....
>XARIS KAI EIRHNH from another MICRO Greek.

I have a 7-page handout on verb forms showing their formation by
constituent elements; this is something I give my first-year students once
they have completed the morphology of the verb sometime in the second
semester. I'd be willing to send this out to anyone who wants it as an
e-mail attachment, but there are two limitations on it: (1) it is a MS Word
6.0 Macintosh file; it's readable as Word 6.0 for Windows and probably
could be converted to any other Mac or Windows WP format; but (2) it uses
SMK Greek fonts (commercial, but available for either Mac or Windows) and
couldn't be printed unless you have one of those fonts. So: with those
caveats, I'm willing to send it to anyone that wants it.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA 63130
(314) 935-4018 OR

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