In Memoriam: M.A.K. Halliday

One of the great linguists of the modern era, Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday—best known as M.A.K. Halliday and as the originator of Systemic Functional Linguistics—passed away from natural causes at the age of 93 (April 13, 1925—April 15, 2018). Halliday received his BA in Chinese language and literature from the University of London, did some […]

The Latest Issue of JGRChJ: Articles on Greek Language and Papyrology

I recently received my copy of the latest volume of the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, which contains articles from all three of the co-bloggers here, among several other intriguing ones. Due to the recent closing of Sheffield Phoenix Press, which has published the journal since its inception, this volume is the first with […]

New Articles in BAGL (Biblical and Ancient Greek Linguistics)

Three new articles from the current issue of BAGL has been posted on its website, http://www.bagl.org/volume6. For those who aren’t aware, BAGL is a biblical studies journal, run by “the Centre for Biblical Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis at McMaster Divinity College and the OpenText.org project (www.opentext.org)” and specializes in “the latest advances in linguistic study […]

Book Highlight: Revisiting Aspect and Aktionsart by Francis G.H. Pang (Brill, 2016)

The study of the relationship between aspect and Aktionsart has for a long time been studied by linguists and grammarians. In general, the relationship between aspect and Aktionsart is understood as, either, they both belong to a similar grammatical/linguistic system or category, with Aktionsart, which is commonly understood as the “lexical aspect” or the “kind […]

Forging Linguistic Identities: Language in the Nation, the Region, and the World

Two of our bloggers, Stanley Porter and Hughson Ong, are at a linguistics conference at Towson University in Maryland, for Friday and Saturday, 17-18 March. Stan and Hughson presented a paper at this same conference two years ago (the conference happens every two years), and were invited to propose a section for it for this […]

The Bingham Colloquium on Linguistics and the Bible at McMaster Divinity College

Earlier this summer, McMaster Divinity College hosted its annual Bingham Colloquium, this year with the theme of Linguistics and the Bible: Retrospect and Prospects (last year’s summary on the theme of the gospel was reported by Hughson). The three major sub-topics were Linguistics, Translation, and Exegesis. As usual, several guests were invited to present papers […]

Thoughts on Koine Greek Pronunciation

Believe it or not, there are some strong opinions on how to pronounce Koine Greek, a language that has been dead for over seventeen-hundred years. For example, Constantine Campbell, in his recent book Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015) (see reviews of this book […]