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Ta rimata tis neas ellinikis
[ISBN 9602936703]
14,25 €
by Joseph S. Date Added: 06 September, 2004
On a scale 1-10, I'd give this book a 10, but no thing is perfect, so it only gets a 9.

Modern Greek has three conjugations, I=λύνω, IIa=αγαπά&#-
969;/αγαπώ, and IIb=θεωρώ, but this book lists 235 categories...

Type I = {1, 2}, {3, 4}...
Type IIa = {58, 59} ...
Type IIb = {73, {74, 75}} ...

This may be more abstraction than mere mortals can stand.

Why so many categories?

1) Because the author is attempting to capture not only the conjugation of the verb, which is characterised by the position of the accent within the stem and the concatenation of the personal endings to the stem, but the formation of the perfect stems as well, a complex, yet highly intuitive process, one which takes place in the mind of every competent, native speaker, unconsciously, effortlessly.

[By the way, each verb has three stems, an imperfect stem used to form the present and imperfect tenses, and two perfect stems, one for active and another for passive voice.]

Holton/Mackridge/Philippaki (ISBN 0-415-1002-X) describe about 20 patterns of stem formation, all of which are more-or-less regular (but they do not distinguish between active and passive forms as separate verb categories).

Christides (ISBN 0-8120-0475-2) does not provide any classification, just a list he calls "201 Verbs", but his dictionary is highly defective, and of very low quality.

2) Because an "irregular" verb is a singleton category, there should be only one instance of each irregular category... It would be nice if I had list of irregular verbs. This could be done by sorting the Iordanidou index by category.

My suggestion would be to provide the dictionary in electronic form, either online, or in cd form, preferably online, so as to sort it as needed.

Otherwise, you'd need another index, called "Table of Irregular Verbs", in the back of the book.

Very Good, **** (4 stars).


Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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