Wednesday, March 23, 2016


From the final chapter in the forthcoming The Greek Verb Revisited. This chapter is contributed by Geoffrey Horrocks:
Another crucial issue is the long-term disinclination of those who study Greek in different institutional environments to communicate effectively with one another, or indeed with linguists who have a more general interest in grammatical and semantic categories that happen to have instantiations in Greek. It is still not unusual, for example, for Classicists to have no real sense of the evolution of the language in postclassical periods (whether ancient, medieval, or modern), or for New Testament scholars largely to ignore what was happening more generally to Greek in the Roman period, or for Hellenists collectively to lack any clear theoretical or typological perspective when framing their analyses of specifically Greek phenomena. . . Nothing, after all, breeds cant and gibberish more rapidly than a closed circle of devotees who are certain they have all the answers.
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Amen and amen!
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