Telicity tests and syntactic diagnostics are surprisingly relevant for understanding the semantics of the Ancient Greek perfect.
Many New Testament scholars look at language typology with suspicion. Some believe that using typological studies is dangerous because they have the potential to mislead the scholar to draw conclusions about Greek grammar not from the internal structure of the language, but instead the structure of other languages. I would like to suggest that is... 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 →
The purpose of this second post (for the first post, see here: Challenges in language analysis: thesis prefatory material) is to provide some introduction to my analysis and provide some background for the conclusions at which I arrived. In a sense, this is the narrative of the inductive process by which I came to my... Continue Reading →
I have put a lot of thought into how language analysis in Greek is normally done, especially with reference to the Greek perfect on which I wrote my thesis I wanted to provide some context for what I did and why I did it. That’s the purpose of this article and the next. There have... Continue Reading →