But there's a far simpler explanation of the data that does not need Porter's overwrought prominence model.
Telicity tests and syntactic diagnostics are surprisingly relevant for understanding the semantics of the Ancient Greek perfect.
Tense and aspect are central for narrative text. The perfective and imperfective aspect, particularly, are essential for how an author builds a narrative structure and signals to the reader the flow of the story.
I examined the question of Greek prohibitions and the question of the much argued about expressions: stop doing X (imperfective aspect) and do not start X (perfective aspect).
Languages often have multiple means of communicating the same thing. Lexical inventories overlap; grammatical forms might share related functions.
What reasons are there for a Greek speaker to use a reflexive pronoun with a verb rather than the middle voice?
I recently ran a syntax query for places where conjunctions begin the apodosis of a conditional construction. For LXX Day, here's the Deutero-canon data from that search. There are a couple false hits, but it's interesting data nonetheless. CSGLXX-DA The New Revised Standard Version Wisd of Sol 13:9 εἰ γὰρ τοσοῦτον ἴσχυσαν εἰδέναι ἵνα δύνωνται... Continue Reading →