The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek

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mab | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Apr 30 2019 11:53 PM

This is just about to be released in paperback. it's supposed to be the first modern grammar of significance. 

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 1 2019 10:08 AM

mab:

This is just about to be released in paperback. it's supposed to be the first modern grammar of significance. 

Yes, this is a major, up-to-date Classical Greek reference grammar. YesYes

https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Grammar-Classical-Greek-ebook/dp/B07Q4VY2BW

https://www.cambridge.org/nl/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-languages/cambridge-grammar-classical-greek

Notice Mike Aubrey's comment at the end of his blog post, "Forthcoming: The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek": "So maybe after May when it’s released, we can all just go home and be done with grammar." That's not a little ironic coming from a guy who is working on A Comprehensive grammar of the Koine Greek Language together with his wife, Rachel Aubrey.

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Lew Worthington | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 1 2019 10:28 AM

I'd certainly grab it... as if I need another classical grammar. But it would be nice to have one (among other reasons) that doesn't assume I'm a freshman in high school.

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Mike Aubrey | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 2 2019 3:18 PM

Adam, I've now had the pleasure of flipping through it. Wrote up some notes on Koine-Greek.com's FB page. I'm immensely impressed, but also happy to see all my research hasn't gone to waste either. There's still far more to do!

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 8 2019 10:42 AM

Mike Aubrey:

Adam, I've now had the pleasure of flipping through it. Wrote up some notes on Koine-Greek.com's FB page. I'm immensely impressed, but also happy to see all my research hasn't gone to waste either. There's still far more to do!

Wonderful, Mike! I just saw this. Glad to hear that you and Rachel won't be tossing out your grammar just yet or hosting a large bonfire this month.

It's nice to see a reference grammar treating particles and word order under textual coherence. They seem to benefit from a cognitive-functional approach there (and elsewhere). That approach also benefited the second edition of A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar in a number of places. The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek, however, doesn't seem to go into the same depth on prepositions, although maybe some of their discussion is distributed throughout the grammar (e.g., under clause and argument structure).

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 8 2019 10:46 AM

Here's the publisher's description of The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek:

This is the first full-scale reference grammar of Classical Greek in English in a century. The first work of its kind to reflect significant advances in linguistics made in recent decades, it provides students, teachers and academics with a comprehensive yet user-friendly treatment. The chapters on phonology and morphology make full use of insights from comparative and historical linguistics to elucidate complex systems of roots, stems and endings. The syntax offers linguistically up-to-date descriptions of such topics as case usage, tense and aspect, voice, subordinate clauses, infinitives and participles. An innovative section on textual coherence treats particles and word order and discusses several sample passages in detail, demonstrating new ways of approaching Greek texts. Throughout the book numerous original examples are provided, all with translations and often with clarifying notes. Clearly laid-out tables, helpful cross-references and full indexes make this essential resource accessible to users of all levels.

  • The first comprehensive grammar of Classical Greek in English for a century, combining traditional grammatical description with the latest insights from general and Greek linguistics presented in a theoretically neutral fashion
  • Contains a wealth of original examples taken from all genres of Classical Greek literature in order to help the reader understand actual usage in ancient texts
  • Includes a section on textual coherence, without parallel in other grammars, which discusses particles and word order and uses a close analysis of four sample passages in order to illustrate the ways in which these and other features work together

https://www.cambridge.org/nl/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-languages/cambridge-grammar-classical-greek

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 9 2019 12:00 PM

This suggestion really deserves more attention and YesYes!

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 10 2019 11:37 AM

Below are some first impressions along with a brief review of The Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek.

Edit: The price on Kindle is hard to resist. I recall it even dipping below $20, which is a tremendous deal for a brand new reference grammar.

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