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Particle or not....

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Particle or not....

Postby Great Scott » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:05 am


Anyone think this is a particle or just a regular adverb?
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Re: Particle or not....

Postby Markos » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:57 am

I'd call it an adverb, not a particle, but you've got me thinking about what makes a particle a particle. A particle, depending on the context, can function as a conjunction or an adverb or maybe an adjective, but is there a rule that makes γε a particle and αληθῶς not one? Maybe they have to be one syllable or a combination of one syllable words, but I think I have seen ἀλλά considered a particle.

This question is sub-phonemic (that is, it has nothing to do with meaning) but you've got me curious.

οὐ μανθάνω γράφειν, ἀλλὰ γράφω τοῦ μαθεῖν.
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Re: Particle or not....

Postby cb » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:12 am

hi, there's a good discussion of this question - what is a particle - in sicking and van ophuijsen's "Two studies in attic particle usage: Lysias & Plato", starting from pg 5; google books preview here:


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