[b-greek] systematic v. idiosyncratic (formerly Re: 5 Case v. 8 Case)

From: yochanan bitan (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 04:39:44 EDT

Mark Beatty and CBS,
thank you for your responses.

I trust that they will help younger students think more clearly about
The 'question' of '8' versus '5' is a non-issue.
there are 5 form-categories of nouns
and as many notional categories as one cares to slice
[and approximately eight ETYMOLOGICAL form-categories from another
language, PRE-Greek]).

Students are better off discussing the
background and the "why's" of linguistic methodologies in general, which is
what your posts point towards.

Randall Buth

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