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by Lex
Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:43 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Richness of a language
Replies: 20
Views: 9416

Re: Richness of a language

"Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? The Proust of the Papuans? I'd be glad to read him." - Saul Bellow I gotta side with Saul and Carolus on this one. English is a Creole of Anglo-Saxon and medieval French, both of with had some literature of their own. That, together with a liberal sprinkling of Lati...
by Lex
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Which is harder: Attic or Classical Latin?
Replies: 30
Views: 19470

Re: Which is harder: Attic or Classical Latin?

Scribo wrote:No English does not have cases, end of story.... It's an analytical language.
I would say that English is mostly analytical, but has vestiges of cases. Let's not force-fit a language into a category that it doesn't completely fit into, just for the sake of categorical purity.
by Lex
Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Which is harder: Attic or Classical Latin?
Replies: 30
Views: 19470

Re: Which is harder: Attic or Classical Latin?

...the point I wanted to make is not the Latin is difficult because it is inflected but because the various inflected cases are not always easy to distinguish. I think the amount of inflection is the thing that makes Greek, at least, harder. I once typed up a text file with the verb ἀείδω fully con...
by Lex
Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin easy to learn?
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Latin easy to learn?

Craig_Thomas wrote:It's a worthy topic for discussion, but I'm quite sure babycherry's only motivation for posting here was to lure us to the Chinese electronics website he linked to in his signature.
Doh! Didn't notice that.
by Lex
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin easy to learn?
Replies: 6
Views: 3066

Re: Latin easy to learn?

The biggest difference between a language like English and Latin is that Latin is highly inflected; i.e. words have many different forms. In English, nouns have only what in Latin would be called nominative singular (dog), nominative plural (dogs), genitive singular (dog's) and genitive plural (dogs...
by Lex
Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write in?
Replies: 5
Views: 2645

Re: Which Greek dialect did these Hellenistic thinkers write

Sam(uel) Harris' name is ironic, too. *shrug*
by Lex
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: macrons
Replies: 13
Views: 12828

Re: macrons

Ī ūsē Vīstā, ānd īt wōrks fōr mē. Control Panel | Regional and Language Options | Keyboards and Languages | Change keyboards... then Add... and select Maori (New Zealand). It should put a language bar either on the Start Bar, or in a corner of the screen as a small floating window. When in an applic...
by Lex
Wed May 25, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Principal parts online?
Replies: 6
Views: 10448

Re: Principal parts online?

There is this, but it's Greek to German.
by Lex
Sat May 21, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: face=spionic?
Replies: 1
Views: 2235

Re: face=spionic?

Textkit moved to using Unicode a while ago. I don't believe that it still supports SPIonic.
by Lex
Wed May 11, 2011 1:36 am
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Need the Wheelock paradigms
Replies: 3
Views: 4727

Re: Need the Wheelock paradigms

Try here.
by Lex
Wed May 11, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Not happy about the iota subscript
Replies: 24
Views: 14247

Re: Not happy about the iota subscript

The medieval practice of changing the iota adscript to subscript in texts that were written in periods where it was still being pronounced is quite baffling then. :? Maybe the medievalists, not having the benefit of modern scholarship, didn't know that the iota was still pronounced in certain perio...
by Lex
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: Koine and Biblical and Medieval Greek
Topic: Alternatives to Basics of Biblical Greek
Replies: 9
Views: 11721

Re: Alternatives to Basics of Biblical Greek

"And Saint Attila raised the hand grenade up on high, saying, 'O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy.' And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast ...
by Lex
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Etymology of "Alexander"
Replies: 5
Views: 2507

Re: Etymology of "Alexander"

Menander, Cleander, Alcander, Cassander, Leander...

... and my personal favorite, Philander. :wink:
by Lex
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:08 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

Change "a person" to "anyone" or "someone," and it sounds perfectly natural to any [emphasis added; Lex] English speaker: When anyone/someone uses "they" as a singular, they do it without violation. Well, no, it doesn't sound perfectly natural to any English speaker, because I am one, and it doesn'...
by Lex
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

The common person already uses "they" as a genderless third-person singular... and that would be the case for everyone were it not for grammarians insisting that it can't be done. It has nothing to do with grammarians, at least on my part. The grammatical strictures on dangling participles, for ins...
by Lex
Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

That day came several hundred years ago. I would think that if that day came several hundred years ago, it would be a settled issue by now. So why do so many still frown on the construction? And even if I were to grant that the usage is now accepted, that would only reinforce the argument that Engl...
by Lex
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: "Teach Yourself" Users: Binding?
Replies: 10
Views: 3770

Re: "Teach Yourself" Users: Binding?

I must confess that I was not able to use Betts and Henry for long enough for the binding to become an issue. Their annoying insistence on using the lunate sigma stopped me long before then.
by Lex
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

"One [for "he/she"] went to the..." and "They [for "he/she"] went to the..." have been proper and grammatical English for the last five hundred years,—the first rather archaic (less so when substituting for the pronouns "I" and "you") I'm not up enough on my archaic grammar to be sure that the use ...
by Lex
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Help! Typing Macron+Rough+Acute on Alpha
Replies: 10
Views: 9594

Re: Help! Typing Macron+Rough+Acute on Alpha

I would upload a file containing my cheatsheet for the Greek Polytonic Keyboard in Windows plus the New Athena Unicode special characters such as alpha+macron+rough+acute, but for some reason, Textkit won't currently allow it. If you private message me with an email address, I would be glad to send ...
by Lex
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:56 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

I'm only just on Chapter 3 of Pharr's Homeric Greek: desperately fighting the Hydra of Accents on the lowest level of the Dungeon of Phonology with only the Wooden Shield of Interest and the Plastic Sword of Persistence for protection. Hehehe.... where that darned Rod of Conjugation when I need it?
by Lex
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect
Replies: 129
Views: 46746

Re: Perfect subjunctive or Future perfect

If you do not want it to, speak otherwise in English (say "one"). That doesn't always work. 1) He went to the store. 2) She went to the store. 3) One went to the store. (?) The first and second sentences above work fine; the third is not proper English. (One what went to the store?) The fact is, in...
by Lex
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:12 am
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Verbs drills
Replies: 6
Views: 7021

Re: Verbs drills

jaihare wrote:There are six principle parts in addition to the present, not four.)
In Latin?
by Lex
Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Personality Types
Replies: 23
Views: 13799

Re: Personality Types

INTJ.
by Lex
Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Moving Textkit To New Platform Today
Replies: 15
Views: 8300

Re: Moving Textkit To New Platform Today

Jason, I do see a small difference between the size of the vowels with and without diacritical marks, and the chi does not extend below the baseline. But it still seems readable enough to me. Maybe not optimal, but not a showstopper. Certainly better than the fonts in some textbooks I have seen. How...
by Lex
Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Moving Textkit To New Platform Today
Replies: 15
Views: 8300

Re: Moving Textkit To New Platform Today

Testing the look of the fonts.... Μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί’ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε’ ἔθηκε, πολλὰς δ’ ἰφθίμους ψυχὰς Ἄϊδι προΐαψεν ἡρώων, αὐτοὺς δὲ ἑλώρια τεῦχε κύνεσσιν οἰωνοῖσί τε πᾶσι· Διὸς δ’ ἐτελείετο βουλή, ἐξ οὗ δὴ τὰ πρῶτα διαστήτην ἐρίσαντε Ἀτρεΐδης τε ἄναξ ἀνδρῶν καὶ δῖος Ἀ...
by Lex
Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Textkit Answers - Try it Out
Replies: 6
Views: 3712

Re: Textkit Answers - Try it Out

I think a sticky FAQ post is a great idea. Maybe we could start by having people post the questions they think should be on such a FAQ. My contribution: "What dialect of ancient Greek should I start with?"
by Lex
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Look what I found! Greek downloads!! Other languages too!!
Replies: 6
Views: 3539

Re: Look what I found! Greek downloads!! Other languages to

Hmmm, I don't have any knowledge of what Aristotle would have thought about copyrights. I do know that if it weren't for copyists, we wouldn't have Aristotle. :wink:

Oh, and there are other places besides Scribd to get some of the newer books.
by Lex
Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:14 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What's a "ship's timber"?
Replies: 3
Views: 7210

Re: What's a "ship's timber"?

Hence the phrase "Shiver me timbers!", from when a cannonball hits a ship, and makes the wood shake.
by Lex
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:09 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Perseus Project Data Set - XML?
Replies: 7
Views: 5718

Re: Perseus Project Data Set - XML?

I Googled this entity (&Perseus.publish;) that Firefox chokes on, and got these:

http://www.stoa.org/markup/

http://www.stoa.org/markup/how_markup.shtml

I suspect the files are more SGML than pure XML.
by Lex
Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: GreekGeek.org
Replies: 8
Views: 4503

Re: GreekGeek.org

In response to SeanL's post: The current owner is mainly hoping that somebody (possibly the original owner) will buy the domain name from him. Such people are called "squatters"; they're like the ticket scalpers of the Internet.
by Lex
Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: sacrificing to gods
Replies: 5
Views: 3231

Re: sacrificing to gods

I don't know anything about Greek sacrifices, but I've heard of the Roman suovitaurilia. It's a sacrifice of a pig (su-s), a ram (ovi-s), and a bull (taur-us). No llamas, thank goodness. Don't know if you'd be interested in that.
by Lex
Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Fortson
Replies: 0
Views: 1272

Fortson

I recently came across something that might interest those here who enjoy linguistics in general.
by Lex
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Tired of new post screening
Replies: 13
Views: 5722

Re: Tired of new post screening

Are you sure that's not just part of the "who's online now" thing? Yep, 100% sure. * Administrators * Global moderators Wow. I have no idea what happened to the other mods. Anyhoo, William Annis was (is?) a mod, and is an incredibly knowledgeable guy who was quite generous with his knowledge. I hop...
by Lex
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Tired of new post screening
Replies: 13
Views: 5722

Re: Tired of new post screening

Jeff is the only mod? What happened to William Annis?
by Lex
Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:39 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: One More Option for Greek Typing
Replies: 4
Views: 3060

Re: One More Option for Greek Typing

Let's try that file include one more time.
by Lex
Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:36 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: One More Option for Greek Typing
Replies: 4
Views: 3060

Re: One More Option for Greek Typing

I think you've misunderstood the usual Unicode input method. If you set up your computer to use the Greek Polytonic keyboard, you can input Greek much easier than with the system you've come up with, and certainly much, much easier than entering hex codes. To set up the Greek keyboard, go to the Con...
by Lex
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Brown Driver & Briggs
Replies: 0
Views: 1275

Brown Driver & Briggs

I have recently come into possession of a work on the Old Testament that references the 1975 edition of A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament by Brown, Driver and Briggs. I have not been able to find anything other than a 1906 edition as an online document. I thought that I would ask if ...
by Lex
Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Textkit Store - Selling Textkit's Original Books
Replies: 9
Views: 4148

Re: Textkit Store - Selling Textkit's Original Books

Hampie wrote:How come the Gildersleeve's Grammar is not available on site?
Possibly because it's already available here.
by Lex
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: The evil 'ii'.
Replies: 11
Views: 5518

Re: The evil 'ii'.

I'm not sure whether to laugh or to cringe when someone refers to more than one Elvis impersonator as 'Elvi, or even 'Elvii'. Hehehehe..... There is a vampire-based role-playing game called "Vampire: The Masquerade". One of the features of the game is that there are 13 main vampire "clans", and a n...
by Lex
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Today's Latin joke
Replies: 10
Views: 5526

Re: Today's Latin joke

I've been reading his speeches, and I think you are missing a critical distinction. The pope isn't attacking those who spread their beliefs - he is speaking out against secularism, I don't see anything in his speeches that could reasonably be construed to indicate a call for anyone shut up and stop...