That's Interesting! Now Where Is It?
Jan 25, 2013 David Lang

That's Interesting! Now Where Is It?

Last week I wrote a series of posts designed to teach you powerful original language search techniques. In the final post of that series, we did a search for any inflected form spelled epsilon-iota-sigma (regardless of its breathing mark and accent), finding two inflections of the lexical form εἷς, along with three inflections of the preposition εἰς. This screenshot shows both the Search tab and the Analysis which we customized to list the inflected forms beneath each lexical form.

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The unusual thing about this search result is that it found one occurrence of the preposition εἰς which has an acute accent. Since εἰς does not usually take an accent, it's natural to want to check out the accented occurrence. But how can you find it?

Now that you've read through all the posts of the previous blog series, you should be able to figure out how to construct a search for the one occurrence of the inflected form εἴς, but it's easier just to have Accordance do it for you. To do that, simply select the form εἴς in the Analysis window, then choose Search Current Resource from the Amplify button of the Toolbar.

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This will open a new search tab with the search already defined for you and the result displayed.

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From this we can see that the preposition εἰς is accented because it is immediately followed by an enclitic—that is, a word that causes the preceding word to be accented. That's the kind of thing that is only important to die-hard Greek geeks, but I hope you can see the convenience of amplifying from the Analysis tab. Whenever you see a word or form listed that you just want to explore further, simply select it and go to the Analysis button of the toolbar. It's quick, it's slick, and it's easy.

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Julie Falling

January 28, 2013 8:48 AM

David - Thanks for these blogs.  They have been very helpful.  And interesting!




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