RE: Aspect Theses

From: Rolf Furuli (
Date: Mon Mar 31 1997 - 18:13:09 EST

Dear S M,

Thank you for your theses. Though short they were quite
comprehensive, representing sound suggestions for those
working with G aspect.

Only regarding (2) do I have some reservations.You wrote:

<The different moods may (and do) appropriate the
<overarching use of verbal aspect differently in accordance
<with each moods special role in the Greek verb system. An
<example is the Greek participle which usually uses the
<tense forms to communicate relative tense rather than
<aspect as one might expect (though specialized features of
<aspect are not excluded in participle forms, and some of
<the nuances of aspect are found). One implication is that
<the reasons an author chose, for instance, an aorist
<form in one mood does not necessarily relate to why he
<chose an aorist form in another mood even with the same

I agree that participles are used to communicate relative
tense, but my understanding is that their aspect also plays
an important role, perhaps the primary role. Could you
please elucidate your position, perhaps refer to your own
data or sources on which you build? What about the perfect
participles which constituted a basic argument in my posting
to Lee R Martin today? And how shall we view the
imperatives? Do you see the contrast `do` (aorist) and
`continue to do` (imperfective)?


Rolf Furuli
Ph.D candidate in Semitic languages
University of Oslo

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