Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek: A Survey of Basic Concepts and Applications / Edition 2

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Introduces Greek students to the field of linguistics and shows how its findings can increase their understanding of the New Testament.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801020162
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Alan Black (D.Theol., University of Basel) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Testament editor of the International Standard Version of the Bible.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface to the Second Edition xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
1 Introducing Linguistics: The Landscape and the Quest 1
Why Study Linguistics? 1
What Is a Linguist? 4
What Is Linguistics? 5
How Do Linguists Go About Their Work? 5
How Does Linguistics Differ from Traditional Grammar? 12
How Do Linguists Characterize Language? 15
How Is Linguistics Related to Other Fields? 18
Suggestions for Further Reading 22
2 Phonology: The Sounds of Greek 23
Language as Sound 23
The Speech Process 24
Phonetics: How Sounds Are Made 25
Phonemics: Sounds as System 40
Common Phonological Processes in Greek 42
Why Study Phonology? 51
Suggestions for Further Reading 52
3 Morphology: The Anatomy of Greek Words 53
The Concept of the Morpheme 53
The Greek Morphological System 58
Why Study Morphology? 91
Suggestions for Further Reading 94
4 Syntax: The Architecture of the Greek Sentence 96
Structure and Content Words 97
Immediate Constituent Analysis 100
Greek Sentence Patterns 102
Expanding the Greek Sentence 106
Transformations 114
Suggestions for Further Reading 118
5 Semantics: Determining Meaning 120
Etymology 121
Word and Concept 123
General and Secondary Meanings 124
Synonyms, Hyponyms, and Opposites 125
Semantic Classes 128
Ambiguity 129
Denotation and Connotation 130
Idioms 131
Rhetorical Language 132
Semantic Change 136
Analyzing Discourse 138
Suggestions for Further Reading 141
6 Historical and Comparative Linguistics: The Biography of Greek 143
The Indo-European Family of Languages 144
The Story of Greek 149
Major Characteristics of Koine Greek 156
English and Greek 162
Suggestions for Further Reading 168
7 Discourse Analysis: Getting the Big Picture 170
Exemplar: The Discourse Structure of Philippians 172
The Primary Text-Sequences of Philippians 173
The Primary Sub-Sequences of Philippians 176
Summary: The Discourse Structure of Philippians 191
Conclusion 196
Suggestions for Further Reading 197
Postscript 199
Subject Index 203
Scripture Index 213
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