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Quick Guide to Latest Syntax Updates

In response to the feedback of our users, we have steadily revised the Syntax feature.

This feature requires the purchase of the works-in-progress Hebrew and Greek databases that provide syntax for the Hebrew HMT-W4 and Greek GNT28-T.


Syntax Items in the Construct TabSyntax Palette

For Accordance 11.1.4 the Syntax items in the Construct tab were reorganized according to the options that they offer. The Enter Tag menu was reorganized to match the same order.

The Clause and Phrase items open a dialog box as before with all the options for that item, including the new depth pop-up menu. A depth of 0 implies that only items directly below the clause or phrase will be found, not items nested in a lower clause or phrase. (The default depth setting can be changed in Preferences > Greek & Hebrew.)

Syntax Clause

Phrase searching support for Appositive, Vocative, and Casus Pendens was added in a popup beside the new Other option.

Syntax Subject All the items from Subject to Casus Pendens open a dialog box offering a Word, Phrase, or Clause for the item type (except for Predicate and Vocative which offer only Word and Clause). The dialog does not appear if the item is placed in a column containing a word item.

The items Specifier, Exclamation, and Unknown open a dialog offering Any, Simple, or Compound. The same dialog opens with a double-click on any of the above word items.

Null opens a dialog with the choice of 1 to 3 adjacent Null elements. Antecedent, and Begin Speech have no further qualifiers.


Display of the Tree in the Syntax Pane

Specifier and Exclamation items no longer contribute to depth in searches, and are thus drawn with parentheses.

Syntax Tree
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Other recent changes to the tree in the Syntax pane include:

  • The Superscript on the Clause (N or L) indicates the type of clause.
  • The arc under the Clause indicates speech (the number of arcs represents the nested level of the speech).
  • Compound forms such as Compound complements are indicated by a plus sign (+) sign beside the compound symbol, a dot on each branch, an ampersand (&) at the node, and a gray line on that branch of the syntax tree.

These symbols do not add a depth level, so the items below them are at depth 0 of the item above.


For an overview of all the Syntax features please download “Getting Started with Syntax” from our Documentation page. And be sure to watch Dr. J's masterful new podcast on Understanding Syntax (made before the very latest changes).