Thursday, October 22, 2015

Is Greek More Expressive Than English?

TWH: Is Greek more expressive than English? Is it more expressive than any language for that matter? Well, I take up this question in a handout that you can download by clicking here. Take a look at it. I often hear people talk about how Greek can say things that we just can't translate into English. Greek, it is sometimes said, has these special little nuances and special cues that are hidden from a receptor language, out of its reach, and far superior to that language, English included. I don't think any language is more expressive than another. That's a basic tenet in linguistics, but one that hasn't always been embraced by those who study the Greek New Testament.

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