From: c stirling bartholomew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Mar 03 2002 - 13:39:07 EST
on 3/3/02 9:39 AM, Chuck Tripp wrote:
> I was thinking about this after my earlier email. The meaning of the two
> participle verbs can convey the idea of sequence. I was thinking for
> example one could construct a sentence where the indicative verb is 'build
> houses' and the two participles are 'laying foundations' and 'constructing
> roofs.' It would go something like this: 'go into the world and build
> houses, laying foundations and constructing roofs.' My greek is nowhere
> good enough to construct this in greek (though I think I would throw in a
> word like EPEITE to avoid ambiguity), but imagine this sentence in greek.
> There would be an obvious sequence in the meaning to the two participles.
> The sequence is not inherent to the syntax of the sentence i.e. indicative +
> participle + participle but instead comes out of the meaning of the words.
> I am not saying that the
> case can't be made one way or the other, but that one has to go beyond the
> syntax of the sentence to come to a conclusion.
Once again we find our b-greek friends beating their heads against a wall
trying to coerce information out of the syntax of the a verbal construction
(finite verb + participles), information which isn't there and cannot be
The sequence information if it exists at all in this context is in the
semantic structure not in the syntax.
Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
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