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4836RE: [Synoptic-L] counts of word tokens

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  • David Inglis
    May 8 11:54 AM
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      Rick, thank you for the counts, but I’m slightly mystified with the double and triple counts. Taking just the last one, if a word has triple attestation then surely it is in all three synoptics, and therefore the counts will be identical. Or am I missing something?



      David Inglis, Lafayette, CA, 94549

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      From: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Synoptic@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Rick Hubbard
      Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 3:16 AM
      To: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [Synoptic-L] counts of word tokens

      I agree completely with all David M’s observations, especially his remarks about verses being “too variable a commodity”.

      Nevertheless, here are what I believe to be accurate word counts based on Aland’s SQE. If this is in anyway useful, have at it,

      Single Attestation

      [ - ] [ - ] LK [ - ] [ - ] 9,859 (Total 9,859)

      [ - ] MK [ - ] [ - ] 507 [ - ] (Total 507)

      MT [ - ] [ - ] 5,808 [ - ] [ - ] (Total 5,808)

      Double Attestation

      [ - ] MK LK [ - ] 1,252 1,066 (Total 2,318)

      MT [ - ] LK 2,378 [ - ] 2,292 (Total 4,670)

      MT MK [ - ] 360 298 [ - ] (Total 658)

      Triple attestation

      MT MK LK 7,098 6,491 6,146 (Total 19,735)

      Addressing what David M. cites as problematic about what and how to count shared words, I agree that it is an undertaking of monumental proportions. FWIW, some time ago I launched a project to create an exhaustive inventory of all words used in the Synoptics (Based on SQE) analyzing them by variations in conjugation/inflection. The project is done but it is also more than 800 pages in length so something not too easy to share (and I would venture to say of questionable usefulness).

      Rick Hubbard



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