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Question about Porson's Bridge (and Devine and Stephens)

I'm reading Devine and Stephens' "The Prosody of Greek Speech" and am much puzzled thereby. They seem to amass all kinds of evidence without stating very clearly what it is evidence for, or how the evidence supports the conclusion. In chapter 7, for instance, there is an extensive discussion about the kinds of words that can occur before Porson's Bridge. I am not sure what is to be made of the fact that a given ...
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Pitch accent and asking questions

What do you do with your voice to indicate a question if you are using a pitch accent? Compare the following:

ἁρπάζετε τὴν χώραν.


ἁρπάζετε τὴν χώραν;

Do you just pitch your voice higher, as in English? Pitching my voice higher would, I suppose, be like giving the last syllable an oxytone accent. I think that a pause in the word would have to be inserted so the pitch could rise from a lower ...
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What font do you use?

If you type in Greek, what font do you like to use?

I had been using Palatino Linotype, but lately I have become fond of Gentium plus for when I type in Greek. I like the rho to have a straight, vertical tail, and I like the large diacritics. The letters look elegant, as if written with a fountain pen.
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Reading dictionary entries

I have a fuzzy understanding of the meaning of the various parts of a dictionary entry.

How do I read it for a noun? For a verb? What are the forms presented, and what order do they tend to come in?
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Bibical Greek Verbal System

I would just like some clarification on a few things before I press forward. Essentially I am looking to understand the verbal system of Koine Greek, but have found it very difficult finding clear information about it's complete forms et al. As I understand it there are basically two main types of verbs; omega verbs and -mi verbs. The other type being irregular. Of the verbs forms, there are three voices, six tenses (present, ...
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Construction involving ἀκούω

I am reading "Lucian, the a**" and there is a part where he meets a woman who warns him that the wife of Lucian's host is a witch. She introduces herself as follows:

Ἐγὼ Ἄβροιά εἰμι, εἴ τινα τῆς σῆς μητρὸς φίλην ἀκούεις,...

I don't understand the grammar here. I suppose that Abroia is a friend of Lucian's mother, and that she thinks he may have heard of her, but I can't make sense of ...
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Shortcomings of popular textbooks like JACT

Some experienced learners not infrequently show discontent with popular "contemporary" textbooks such as JACT and Athenaze. What are the shortcomings of them? Thank you.
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Chanties in Greek and Latin - Rouse

I ran across the pdf version of Rouse's "Chanties in Greek and Latin" (I'm not sure if I can post the link, but it is easily found on the internet). The problem I'm having with it is that even when I can read or translate one of its songs, I'm not quite sure what it means. Here's an example:

εἷς δύο τρεῖς μέγαλοι κροκόδειλοι
ἐν ποταμῷ τρίβουσι χρόνον.
εἷς κροκόδειλος,
δύο κροκοδείλω,
τρεῖς κροκόδειλοι σύμφωνοι. ...
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The article with the adjective in attributive clauses

Sidgwick says the following about the article:
The Adjective, by being deprived of the Article, has ceased to be an attribute, and has become a predicate.

But the answer key to exercise 1 translates the following:

I see many swans, which are bright and white.


ὁρῶ πολλοὺς κύκνους, οἱ λαμπροὶ ἐισι καὶ λευκοί.

Should not it be κύκνους τοὺς πολλοὺς?

And the same here, the answer key translates:

Perhaps there is a bad disease ...
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subj. of the aor. of aireo^

Aor. of haireo^ is eila or eilon.
I'm not sure about its Subj. forms.
elo^metha ?
Teach me please the principle of how to make Subj. and Opt. from the Indic. Aor. form with initial double vowel like eilon.
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