RE: Source for the semantic range of ...

From: Jefferson, Robert C. (
Date: Mon Aug 30 1999 - 07:39:02 EDT

I have seen on the Internet somewhere a very interesting Java program.

It is an English thesaurus where words are related by lines in a 3-d chart.
The distance between words show graphically how closely words are related.
And when you click on a new word it becomes the new center of the graph and
word related it circle it.
All of this is in virtual 3-d. I think it has 70,000 words.

I think this would be very interesting in Greek, of course which Greek.


        -----Original Message-----
        From: Mike Sangrey []
        Sent: Friday, August 27, 1999 8:17 PM
        To: Biblical Greek
        Subject: Re: Source for the semantic range of ...

        I've replied privately to Rolf, since what I said in that email is
        more linguistic than B-Greek. However, there is one item that I
        think would be helpful to those on this list. So, I've attached
        that below. said:
> I would like to add another dimension, which you hint at, namely
> one of different presupposition pools.
> The native Greek speaker did not need any books for this but he
> she could depend on the common presupposition pool of the native
> speakers and would get an instant understanding of the meaning of
> word.

        If one understands how a 'presuppositional pool' might work,
        then the method of learning vocabulary through memorization is
        humorously incomplete. One should form a more complex structure
        than a list of glosses. The structure would have to be a network
        of usages which are related in a variety of ways. I don't have
        the experience to come up with the list of those ways, though.
        Does anyone happen to know where this might be discussed?

        The building of the network would only be possible by diligent
        study of grammatical constructions which are semantically related.
        So, a lexicon does not quite cut it. Though a lexicon is a start;
        the ingesting of a complete lexical entry is needed to build the
        skeleton of the network in one's head. One still needs to go beyond
        that to think like a Greek.

        Mike Sangrey
        Lancaster, Pa.
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