Problems in Greek Syntax

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... Reprinted from the American Journal O Philology, Vol. XXin, No. 2. I.--PROBLEMS IN GREEK SYNTAX. II. The Art1cle. In its day Middleton's book, 'The Doctrine of the Greek Article', was a wonder for its ample treatment of a minute subject and was playfully cited in somewhat the same tone as the mythical three volumes on-di-do-dum. But nowadays grammatical treatises of similar bulk weigh down the domain of language everywhere like the mortgage pillars, of which Solon tells us, and a whole volume would be needed for a mere digest of the 'literature' on the subject of the Greek article. And yet, as we have seen under the head of the articular proper noun,1 the subject has not been exhausted, and even pressing practical problems have hardly been touched with the tips of the fingers. To be sure, every school grammar teaches the gradual evolution of the article from the demonstrative. Every beginner is warned to expect a different article in Homer from the article as it is found in Attic. Every novice knows the difference between the particular article and the generic. And yet the story is not always taught in the organic way, and the relation of the articular noun to the anarthrous noun is not always brought home to the feeling. With the genesis of the terminations of the noun this essay has nothing to do. To call-s in in-n-o-v pronominal may or may not be a rank heresy. This, however, is true: the article is the explicit expression of what lies implicit in the 1A. J. P. XXIII 9. noun; lirnos is not 'a horse' but' the horse', and the particular article reinforces whatever it is in the termination that fixes the floating action or quality in an individual.1 The particular article is felt to be more and more a necessity, and not, as Julius Caesar Scaliger called i...

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