Porter 1989 claims that the NT has no examples of Ia conditionals in
the imperfect, which he calls 'assertions for the sake of argument.'
He has a tenseless analysis of Greek, which I am arguing against, in
part, in my thesis. I was therefore wondering if past-referring
conditionals were less frequent in general. Does anyone know the
proportion of the temporal reference in conditional sentences of the
New Testament or another contemporaneous (Greek!) text: are
past-referring conditionals (of any class) disfavored? Alternatively,
does anyone know where I might find such information?
Mari Broman Olsen
Department of Linguistics
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Evanston, IL 60208