Re: Mark ch 15, v. 2

From: Stephen C. Carlson (
Date: Wed Jun 10 1998 - 00:40:00 EDT

I think that you are reading too much into the accents, because
in this case there are well-defined rules that describe the
behavior of oxytones (words whose syllable carries an acute

Briefly, an oxytone changes its accent to grave before other
words in the sentence, EXCEPT (a) before enclitics, (b) before
an elided syllable, (c) in the interrogative TI/S, TI?, and
(d) before a period or colon. If you look at all the examples
of SU/ with an acute accent, you will find that each example
falls under one of the exceptions, usually (d) and then (a).

Stephen Carlson

Stephen C. Carlson                   : Poetry speaks of aspirations,              : and songs chant the words. :               -- Shujing 2.35

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