Greek Aspect/Aktionsart MA Thesis

No, it’s not mine  mind, but that’s coming at some point.

Thanks to Brian LePort over at Near Emmaus, I was able to find a very recently completely MA thesis on Aktionsart differences between ἔρχομαι and εἰσέρχομαι.

“The Preverb Eis- and Koine Greek Aktionsart” by Rachel M. Shain. (Download Link)


This study analyzes one Koine Greek verb erchomai ‘go/come’ and one preverb eis- and how the preverb affects the verb’s lexical aspect. To determine the lexical aspect of erchomai and eis-erchomai, I annotate all instances of both verbs in the Greek New Testament and develop methodology for researching aktionsart in texts. Several tests for lexical aspect which might be applied to texts are proposed. Applying some of these tests to erchomai and eiserchomai, I determine that erchomai is an activity and eiserchomai is telic. A discussion of the Koine tense/aspect forms and their temporal and aspectual reference is included. I adopt Dowty’s 1979 aspect calculus to explain how eis- affects the lexical aspect of erchomai, using his CAUSE and BECOME operators to account for the meaning of eis-, which denotes an endpoint to motion such that the subject must be at a given location at the end of an interval over which eiserchomai is true.

Since this is a linguistics thesis, expect interlinearized examples — Sorry, Carl, that’s just how they do it. It appears that the author did a 5 year BA/MA program at Ohio State that gave her a double major BA in Classical Greek & Linguistics and an MA in Linguistics. I’m kind of jealous!

It looks like I have something to peruse for a bit.


Brian pointed me to:

Through which I found:

The page for the thesis didn’t have a PDF download, so I googled the title and ended here: (Permanent Link)

PS – Happy LXX Day! I have a post on the LXX half done. Hopefully, I’ll get it up tonight!