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The Vocative Singular of βασιλεύς...

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The Vocative Singular of βασιλεύς...

Postby Lex » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:43 pm

...is βασιλεῦ. Why the circumflex? I don't find a rule in Pharr that covers this. Is there such a rule, or is this one of those things you just have to memorize?
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Re: The Vocative Singular of βασιλεύς...

Postby annis » Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:14 am

For this, memorize. Even Chandler throws up his arms for third declension nouns —

H.W. Chandler, A Practical Introduction to Greek Accentuation wrote:580. The irregularities of these substantives are so great that it is impossible to give any general rule which can be depended on, but it may perhaps assist the memory to mention the main result of the special rules subjoined. Speaking then in the widest terms, and neglecting the thousand and one exceptions which occur, ...
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Re: The Vocative Singular of βασιλεύς...

Postby Lex » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:03 pm

Thanks, William.
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