Thursday, May 23, 2019

Coptic Stuff


Lambdin tells us that Coptic prepositions are proclitic, namely, unstressed and bound to the word that they govern. But how does he know this? In the ancient Coptic writings, words are not separated by spaces. How, then, does he know that Coptic prepositions are bound to the word that they govern?

Really how does he know this? Every Coptic word is bound to every other Coptic word sometime or other. How does anyone know when a word has a special bond?

And unstressed? Ha! Just look at the stress we're under right now . . .



At 1:23 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I'm waiting to see actual examples of written Coptic, and I'm hoping you'll guide us through how Coptic is supposed to sound, be conjugated, etc. Are Coptic prepositions true prepositions, or are they "postpositions" like in Korean? E.g.:

학교에 가요
hakgyo-ae ga-yo

school-to go [subject is implied]

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I plan to say as little as possible. But I will tell you that Coptic does have true prepositions.

Jeffery Hodges

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