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

Hardcover | April 2, 2016

byKlaas Bentein

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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 modernEuropean languages, as in ?? ????ue?a, "it was happening", or ??e? ?t?u?sa?, "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, andperfective 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.

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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 modernEuropean languages, as in ?? ????ue?a, "it was hap...

Klaas Bentein is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pagesPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198747098

ISBN - 13:9780198747093

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Table of Contents

ForewordList of FiguresList of TablesList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Theoretical Background2. 'Verbal' and 'Adjectival' Periphrasis3. Perfect Aspect4. Imperfective Aspect5. Perfective AspectConclusionAppendixGlossaryBibliographyIndex