Another crasis problem
Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:53 PM
This made me wonder how the Greek authorities treat the situation. I had always considered a crasis be a kind of etymological explanation of the origin of a word like καν, but that it was still a word, and not simply two words written funny.
So I looked to see what the lexicons say. If I triple click on καν, it take me to the lexicon entry for και. However this is not correct. All the lexicons have a separate entry for καν.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 04:48 AM
Accordance has been treating crasis in the same way for 14 years, and hardly any questions have been raised about it until now. In all our tagged Greek texts the inflected crasis form is related to the lemmas from which it is derived. It is as if there is a second invisible inflected form which can be found by searching for "crasis". The first lemma is on the visible inflected crasis form, and the second is on the invisible form. Both lemmas are seen in the parsing window, not the Instant Details, and will show even if you parse only the crasis form.
We may be able to improve this, but both crasis and variants are knotty problems for parsing and searching.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 09:50 AM
I think that the reason that the crasis form is not assigned a single crasis lemma is that it would not then be searchable as a form of either of the component lemmas. Now that we allow root searches it would be possible to define a double root for a single crasis lemma, but the default searches are for lemmas, and we will not lightly make such a fundamental change.
Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:38 PM
I would consider it the norm to refer to all occurrences of a word "in the field" as an inflected form. If you find λεγω in a text, it's still the inflected form, no less so than λεγει, even though it happens also be the lexical form. The fact that lexicons have καν and καγω and the like is done in the same spirit as including other odd, inflected forms, second aorists, etc.
I've never heard of a crasis being referred to as "inflected".
I think Accordance's handling of crasis 14 years ago was rather brilliant, though it has a limitation recently discussed, one that I've only noticed myself recently, though I've been using Accordance longer that I've been married (and that seems like a LOOONG time).
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