[b-greek] Re: Prototype theory (was: Decker on Olsen)

From: Rodney J. Decker (rdecker@bbc.edu)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 14:43:25 EST

That's about as clear as mud--at least for non-linguists. And most of us
are not subscribed to b-hebrew. Would you mind explaining it to those of us
who are just ordinary exegetes? I would sincerely like to understand the
theoretical problems that a few see with my proposal, but since I don't
have a PhD in linguistics, I'm not even able to propose an intelligible

At 08:26 PM 3/5/01 +0200, Kimmo Huovila wrote:
> > Could someone briefly describe this "prototype approach"?
>For a brief description, check Peter Kirk's message on b-hebrew Dec 13,
>1999 titled Prototype Theory and Hebrew Tense/Aspect.
>The basic idea is that linguistic categorization does not follow
>necessary and sufficient conditions but a comparison to a prototype (a
>typical exemplar of the category). A category may consist of several
>prototypes (if the category is polysemous). These prototypes generally
>are related. What they have in common is called a schema (it can be
>viewed as another prototype of a different level of abstraction).
>Category membership is not clear-cut, but there are clear examples of
>inclusion and exclusion and some gray area in between.

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