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Title:'Therefore' or 'Wherefore': What's the Difference?
Abstract:The inferential connectives of New Testament Greek are best differentiated not "according to emphasis," but in terms of the unique constraint on interpretation that each conveys. Oὖν constrains what follows to be interpreted as inferential material that advances a theme line, whether the current one or an earlier one that is being resumed following intervening material (+Development). This constraint applies even to passages in which some have assigned an adversative 'sense' to οὖν. Ἄρα is marked as +Consequence, so ἄρα οὖν is +Consequence +Development. In contrast, διό constrains what follows to be interpreted as inferential material that does not advance the theme line (unmarked for development). When ὥστε introduces an independent clause or sentence, it constrains it to be interpreted as the result of what has previously been stated (+Result). When διὰ τοῦτο is used anaphorically, it constrains what follows to be related inferentially to a specific referent (+Specific). The paper concludes with suggestions as to the constraints associated with three other inferential connectives (τοιγαροῦν, τοίνυν, διόπερ).
Contributor (author):Levinsohn, Stephen H.
Date (W3CDTF):2014
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60682
Extent:pages 325-343
Language (ISO639):eng
Subject:Ancient Greek (to 1453) language
NT Greek; inferential connectives; constraints on interpretation
Subject (ISO639):grc
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Levinsohn, Stephen H. 2014. SIL Language and Culture Archives.
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Country: Greece
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