[b-greek] Re: Complete Lexicon

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Sun May 06 2001 - 07:59:58 EDT

At 7:23 AM -0400 5/4/01, Randall Buth wrote:
>EGRAYEN Jamie Macleod
>>"AGALLIAW”,"I exult","Verb","11"<
>On artificial words,
>I'm not sure I know, or want to know, a Greek word "AGALLIAW"

>These I know.
>For that matter, I'm not so sure I know "exult"
>as in "He exulted yesterday and drove downtown." ?
>Just some thoughts on some directions for lexicography.
>Forthcoming in an article for the Fred Danker volume.

Randall, I think I'd agree with you that the proper lexical form for this
verb ought to be AGALLIW, but surely the lexical entry ought to inform the
user that this is an alpha-contract verb. The real question here is what
traditional conventions of lexicography and grammar ought to be scrapped
and which ought to be preserved. Sometimes I like to think it would be nice
to have something comparable to the Academie Francaise to settle lexical
and grammatical questions like this for classical Attic and Koine Greek,
but I doubt such a body could ever reach any consensus. I'd like to see
your review article when it's ready.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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