From: Ulrik Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Nov 27 2001 - 14:23:13 EST
I have a query regarding whether a SU can be part of a vocative
phrase. Consider 1 Corinthians 15:36:
AFRWN SU hO SPEIREIS, OU ZW|OPOIEITAI EAN MH APOQANH|.
My question is: Could SU be a part of a "vocative phrase", "AFRWN SU", or
would this not be a possibility? The way I see it, there are two options:
1) Either SU is part of a vocative phrase, "AFRWN SU", or
2) SU is the overt subject of the "relative clause" SU hO SPEIREIS.
However, I am studying a linguistic theory at the moment, Role and
Reference Grammar. This theory seems to insist that SU be read as part of
a vocative phrase, "AFRWN SU", rather than being the subject of the
relative clause. But what do B-Greekers say? Is the vocative reading a
possibility? Which would be the more natural reading? Are there any other
I would be glad to explain to the list why the theory insists on the
vocative analysis, so please ask if you are interested.
Thanks in advance.
PS: Role and Reference Grammar is expounded in
Van Valin, Robert D., Jr and Randy J. LaPolla, 1997, "Syntax: Structure,
Meaning, and Function", Cambridge University Press.
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