Isn’t lexical aspect roughly equivalent to Aktionsart? Typically, yes. The problem is that ‘lexical aspect’ is also a […]
In Part I, we tried to give a basic overview of what aspect is, along with one practical application for paying attention to aspect. In Part II, we considered some of the various points of agreement and disagreement among scholars on this topic. With this background, we are in a better place to discuss perfect aspect. Part III provides a condensation of parts of my chapter on the perfect in Black & Merkle (2020).
Is this the best blog post for introducing people to aspect?
I’m not sure, but I hope that it will be helpful, nonetheless.
First, you are probably wondering: what in the world is a distributive plural? And we will get to answering that, but first we need to talk about death. It is Halloween, after all.
This piece was originally published in 2017. I decided to republish it after expanding its discussion. There’s a […]
In a brief discussion published earlier this year, I noted, “Not all Greek verbs inflect as perfects.” I […]
“Verbal Aspect Theory” and its companion “Aktionsart Theory” are both phrases that need to be reconsidered. The way it gets used by NT grammarians is anachronistic and leads to misreadings of the grammatical literature.
My copy of the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek arrived in the mail last week. Since then I […]
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.