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Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek: Have- and be- Constructions

ISBN : 9780198747093

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¥15,158
Author: 
Klaas Bentein
Pages
416 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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Ancient Greek is commonly considered a 'synthetic' or 'inflectional' language, that is, a language with a high morpheme-per-word ratio. Nevertheless, already at the earliest stages of the language one finds traces of multi-word 'periphrastic' constructions similar to those in the modern European languages, as in etanu gammaiotanuomicronmuepsilonnualpha, 'it was happening', or epsilonchiepsiloniota alphatauiotamualphasigmaalphasigmaf, 'he has dishonoured'. Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek offers a systematic investigation of periphrastic constructions with the verbs 'to be' and 'to have' based on an extensive corpus of texts, ranging from the eighth century BC to the eighth century AD. It clarifies the notions of 'verbal periphrasis' and 'adjectival periphrasis' from a theoretical point of view, and offers a broad introduction to a selection of recent advancements in linguistics. It includes a diachronic analysis which investigates constructions in all three main aspectual domains-perfect aspect, imperfective aspect, and perfective aspect-combining a qualitative with a quantitative approach. In doing so, the volume presents a substantial contribution to our understanding of the ancient Greek verbal system and its development over time.

Index: 

Foreword
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Theoretical Background
2 'Verbal' and 'Adjectival' Periphrasis
3 Perfect Aspect
4 Imperfective Aspect
5 Perfective Aspect
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Klaas Bentein is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University.

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