[b-greek] Re: Gal. 3:24

From: c stirling bartholomew (cc.constantine@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 00:21:27 EDT

on 5/12/01 8:20 PM, Michael Haggett wrote:

> but my initial rule of thumb would be to assume that different
> constructions and phraseologies are used to convey things in DIFFERENT ways

Without getting embroiled in the details of this discussion lets just take a
look at your "rule of thumb." Polysemy cuts both ways. The relationship
between a constituent like 'hINA + subjunctive' and a set of semantic
functions is a one-to-many network. Polysemy cuts the other way just as
often, where several dissimilar constituents map to the same semantic
function, a many-to-one network. Thus, the architecture of the semantic
system is a complex network. Based on this I would say that your "rule of
thumb" has dubious merit.
There are several other assumptions being made here about the relationship
between form and function which could be called into question but at this
point it is probably prudent to let that pass and just emphasize that
polysemy cuts both ways.


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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