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Headword: Alpha
Adler number: alpha,1445
Translated headword: alpha
Vetting Status: high
Indeclinables, such as alpha, give a nominative sense [when] without an article; if with an article [it is that] of an oblique case.[1]
The sound of the alpha, the first and chief letter, took its name from the Hebrew aleph; so that the sacred letters are discoveries of Abraham, even if Greeks amused themselves by forming the letters differently.[2]
Greek Original:
Alpha: hoti ta aklita, hoion to alpha, chôris arthrou didôsin huponoian eutheias, ei de sun arthrôi plagias ptôseôs. hoti hê tou alpha phônê, tou prôtou stoicheiou kai archontos, apo tou Aleph Hebraiou tên epiklêsin elaben: hôste ta hiera grammata heurêmata einai tou Abraam, kan allôs kai allôs heautous diapaizontes anagraphôsin Hellênes.
[1] This grammatical material has no exact parallel elsewhere.
[2] This supplementary paragraph draws on the long "Abraham" entry, alpha 69.
Keywords: aetiology; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 12 June 2000@10:40:14.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (Altered wording.) on 5 September 2000@00:42:07.
David Whitehead (modified translation; added note; cosmetics) on 26 February 2001@06:53:57.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 February 2012@06:29:04.
David Whitehead (another note) on 14 June 2015@06:23:45.


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