This study is an application of case theory to analyze the verbal frames of the Greek represented in the thirteen Epistles of Paul, with the result in the semantic classification of all the content verbs with their counterparts, which may include uns, prepositional phrases, etc. In order to examine the syntactic realization of these semantic cases, all case relations have been presented in the form of a two-level specification, such as A P with the semantic case on the top and its syntactic constituent at the bottom. A framework as the one presented here, containing a model and a tation which can relate both syntactic and semantic relations, should allow the comparison of verbs within a language and across languages, even those with greatly different surface structures.
The Author: Simon Wong, Professor in New Testament Studies at the Alliance Bible Seminary in Hong Kong and Translation Consultant in the United Bible Societies, is presently a visiting scholar at the Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon. He received his D.Litt. in New Testament Greek and Semantics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In addition to a number of (English and Chinese) articles in professional journals, he is the author of a Chinese series on New Testament Greek Studies.