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Regarding accentuation of compounds

Postby MiguelM » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:13 pm

Hello,

Can anyone help me find the Smyth entry or equivalent for the rule concerning variations in the accentuation of compounds? I'm thinking of the difference in meaning between, for lack of a better example (or even an actual one, since LSJ hastens to correct me that in this case there is only one version), φιλολόγος and φιλόλογος, when one of those would mean lover of speech the other one who speaks about love.

Thanks a lot!


PS: I just found out this link.

http://books.google.pt/books?id=kA_kwOk ... &q&f=false
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Re: Regarding accentuation of compounds

Postby Qimmik » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:46 pm

I'm not sure this is very helpful, but Smyth 893 and 894 address this topic. Unfortunately, the on-line version garbles the text.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Smyth+grammar+893&fromdoc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0007

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0007%3Asmythp%3D894

Smyth contrasts πατροκτόνος, "father-killer," "parricide" with πατρόκτονος, supposedly meaning "killed by one's father", but the latter word apparently occurs, if at all, only in Iphegenia in Tauris, 843, in the genitive, πατροκτόνου, where it has to be paroxytone, so you really can't tell whether it's a different word from πατροκτόνος, and whether it would be proparoxytone in the nominative (πατροκτόνου χειρός, "the killing hand of her father").

A speaker on φιλία would be φιλιόλογος, wouldn't he?
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Re: Regarding accentuation of compounds

Postby MiguelM » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:56 am

Qimmik,

thanks a lot! Apparently Smyth does give out another (single) example aside from the πατροκτόνος: that of λαιμοτόμος/λαιμότομος, which LSJ does register. I could be certain I've seen others mentioned at the bottom of LSJ entries, so I'll keep an eye out from now on.

Also, I'm not sure about the φιλιόλογος: I agree with your reasoning and follow, but you would have thought the Greeks would have used the word at one point, and LSJ doesn't have it. Maybe at least in this case there's really no way out apart from the περὶ τῆς φιλίας periphrasis.
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