Diogenes limitations

I’ve been looking at Peter Heslin’s Diogenes tool, which is really quite extraordinary.  It does things that I do not need, but frankly it’s  a marvel, particularly when you realise that he worked out so much of the content himself.

One limitation seems to be that the parsing information for a word does not indicate whether it is a noun, a verb, a participle, or whatever.  It does tell  you whether it is singular or plural, masculine or feminine etc; but not whether it is a noun or an adjective.  This is a singular omission, and, for a newcomer, a somewhat frustrating one.

Does anyone have any ideas how this information might be calculated?

1 Response to “Diogenes limitations”


  1. ikokki

    Understanding if a word is a noun, verb etc. mostly depends on the context not on the word. Some ancient texts like Thucydides have very complex syntax so you have real trouble understanding what he wants to say. This is not usually the case with the Fathers of the Church who wrote a literary/artifical and not a spoken Greek. From the form and spelling of the word including accents and breathings a comparison with a list of all words could give you several plausible options on whether it is a verb, noun etc. but like I said plausible options, usually forms are not unique and depend on the context



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