[b-greek] Re: Great Divide

From: J. Garnier (nomre2me@home.com)
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 23:07:47 EDT

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<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Dear Clayton,</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Am I correct in understanding that a FLFA is the
analyst, the lexicographer, and the grammarian, and a SPA is the linguist, and
the orator?&nbsp; You speak&nbsp;as&nbsp;if&nbsp;the FLFA working from the
bottom up, taking the denoted elements of a language, applying them rigidly to a
work of translation, and returning with a rigid and stiff work.&nbsp; Is this a
correct understanding?</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>You say the SPA "<FONT face="Times New Roman"
size=3>will begin the investigation of a text with the analysis of the medium
and high level semantic structure."&nbsp; Surely the SPA must take recognition
of the foundational elements of a language before he can&nbsp;appreciate medium
and high level structures.&nbsp; I agree with you that the logical structure of
a synthetic language can become a fixation, and thereby an obstacle to
understanding the&nbsp;arguments made by the totality, but isn't an
FLFA&nbsp;approach a necessary intoduction to any coherent work of translated
<DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>You say "<FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>One of
the side effects of learning an ancient language is that the student<BR>spends a
great deal of time struggling with formal language features."&nbsp; You are
exactly right, but it is not limited to novices, and there is a reaction to this
approach which&nbsp;has equally grievous results.&nbsp; Many take the fixation
with rigid structure far beyond the years as a student, and produce tedious and
uninteresting Biblical translations even after they are generally acknowledged
to be "experts".&nbsp; The reaction&nbsp;that is equally dangerous is that
a&nbsp;translator will omit any but the basic structure, and give himself great
poetic license to make his translation agree with what he personally
believes.&nbsp; The resolution to this problem&nbsp;is beyond my ability to
formulate.&nbsp; Perhaps you&nbsp;have some idea?</FONT></FONT></DIV>
Joseph Garnier</DIV>
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