A few weeks ago I put a poll up on Twitter and another one on Facebook, asking whether people thought that a particular verb had the perfect as part of its inflectional paradigm.
But there's a far simpler explanation of the data that does not need Porter's overwrought prominence model.
How can there be any substantive discussion about language data or linguistic method if we cannot even agree on the history of research? New Testament Greek grammar is simply broken. And nobody seems interested in trying to fix it. So where do we go from here?
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.
While working on editing the three parts of my review into a cohesive whole document to make available as a PDF, I realized that I had neglected to write anything at all on chapter 11. I have corrected this in the original post and also provide the added portion below. I wish it was more... Continue Reading →
Nick Ellis, Mark Dubis, and I have been working together for several years now under the auspices of the BibleMesh Greek project. Nick presented a shortened version of our efforts at the Cambridge Verb Conference last summer. The three of us spent the fall working on a larger expression of our ideas and proposals. Taking... Continue Reading →