[b-greek] In response to Aspectual only change

From: Wayne Leman (wleman@mcn.net)
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 15:02:59 EST

Clay asked:

> Was Greek ever aspect only? This raises a different question about aspect
> marking in a non-aphlabetic language. How would aspect have been marked in
> the pre-alphabetic era of the Greek language?

The same way it was marked after it had an alphabet, by speakers pronouncing
those elements of the language which indicated aspect. Alphabets don't
create any linguistic elements of languages, they simply allow those
elements to be recorded in written form. Languages all over the world have
aspect systems, tense systems, and mixed tense-aspect systems, regardless of
whether or not those languages have an alphabet yet.

Wayne Leman
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