[b-greek] In response to Aspectual only change

From: Alan B. Thomas (a_b_thomas@yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 00:43:49 EST

Mark wrote:

"Several ancient Greek writers (e.g., Protagoras,
Aristotle, Dionysius,
Thrax) distinguished tense forms and described them in
terms of time...it
does not seem too much to expect them to know whether
their verb tenses
grammaticalized time." (pgs 509-510)

I do know that both Aristotle and Thrax associate the
use of the hRHMA (verb, predicate) with time (CRONOS).
I would say that Wallace's historical assessment is
correct here.

Also, you asked this:

Finally, what is the nature of Modern Greek's verbal
system? Does it contain
any element of temporal reference by itself?

Yes it does. The verbs in Modern Greek denote time
(past, present, or future). They also encode Aspect.
Most Modern Greek grammars use the following

Aspect + Time = Tense.


Alan B. Thomas

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