Telicity tests and syntactic diagnostics are surprisingly relevant for understanding the semantics of the Ancient Greek perfect.
This second post on predicate types and narrative structure applies the discussion from the previous post to English and then Greek examples
When we talk about the concepts of background and foreground, it needs to be emphasized that we are not merely discussing aspect. Grounding is about the structure of communication rather than about any one grammatical form. Background and foreground information are each defined in accordance with a particular set of conceptual features. The background provides durational... Continue Reading →
(Note: if you have the font SBL Greek installed, the Greek will look great. Otherwise…I don’t know.) A couple weeks ago, I noted that the speaker/author's perspectival choices could affect the selection of aspect both in the indicative (see Bentein on Aspectual Perspective) and in the imperative (see Perspectival uses of Aspect in the Imperative).... Continue Reading →
I uploaded my powerpoint slides from the Cambridge Greek Verb Conference to academia.edu (link at the bottom). The 'gradience of grammatical contrasts' didn't make it into the final paper for the published book, but that was basically a summary of Carl Bache's monograph, The Study of Aspect, Tense and Action: Towards a Theory of the... Continue Reading →