[b-greek] Sharp's rule

From: Wayne Leman (Wayne_Leman@SIL.ORG)
Date: Fri Jun 22 2001 - 12:33:54 EDT

Harry, I understand your concern about circular reason, but I don't believe
that Wallace or any other devotees of Sharp's Rule have practiced circular
reasoning. In your opinion. what other method can we use to discover the
"axioms of the NT Greek grammar," other than observation of actual language
forms and then drawing conclusions (inductive reasoning) from them? In your
opinion, what discovery methodology is more reliable than observation of
data, following by conclusions based on that data?


> Wayne,
> As I understand it, Sharp developed his rule by finding all the
> instances in which the construction <article> <Noun> kai <Noun> lead
> to the conclusion that <Noun> = <Noun>. And that seems to me to be
> like saying, since every construction in the NT, except one, of
> <Truely I say to you> has a comma after it then all such constructions
> must have a comma after them. In other words, it's a rule based more
> on statistics than the axioms of the NT Greek grammar.
> Harry W. Jones

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