Speaking At The SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta

I’ve just finished up registration for the SBL Annual Meeting. Here’s the paper I’ll be presenting.

A Morphological Lexicon of New Testament Greek

Morphological analyses such as analytical lexicons have typically involved indicating lemma, part-of-speech, morphosyntactic and morphosemantic information (such as case, number, person, gender, tense, voice, mood and degree). Much progress has been made in recent years making analyses of this sort freely available in digital formats, but the kind of information they contain has not advanced significantly for decades. This paper will provide an overview of the work of the MorphGNT project to develop an electronic Morphological Lexicon of New Testament Greek that adds inflectional classes, roots and stems, stem formation and morphophonological processes, principal parts, and derivational morphology. Beyond serving as a database of linguistic information, the goal of the morphological lexicon is to provide an “executable grammar” so particular grammar points discussed in beginner grammars, intermediate grammars or advanced reference grammars can be tested against a corpus in a way that makes completely transparent where the “rules” are followed and where they fall down. This data also provides useful data for pedagogical tools such as intelligent tutoring systems that typically require better modeling of latent traits in order to determine what a student actually knows and what items best test that knowledge. All data is for the Morphological Lexicon of New Testament Greek is available under a Creative Commons license, and all code used for both the generation and verification of the morphological lexicon is open source.

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