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 →