[b-greek] RE: past tense augment

From: Decker, Rodney (rdecker@bbc.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 05:59:31 EST

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class=360085410-05022002>I've not time to answer this in detail here. It's been
debated vigorously on the list before (search several years back for the most
extensive discussions). I've addressed the augment question &amp; the imperfect
in my book, *Temporal Deixis....* In (very) brief summary, the augment is viewed
as a marker for secondary endings, not past tense. It is morphological, not
semantically tensed.</SPAN></FONT></STRONG></DIV>
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size=2><STRONG>Book info (on augment, see pp. 39f):
<P><FONT size=2>============================================<BR>Rodney J.
Decker, Th.D.<BR>Associate Prof/NT, Baptist Bible Seminary<BR>Clarks Summit,
Pennsylvania, USA<BR>&lt;<A href="
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  class=360085410-05022002>&nbsp;</SPAN>My question is concerning the
  grammarians who interpret verb form as rendering aspect and not time. For
  these it seems that temporal indications are entirely contextual. &nbsp;How do
  these grammarians understand the significance of the tense augment for the
  aorist and imperfect? &nbsp;Most explanations indicate that the augment
  indicates past tense, which of course is not consistent with an understanding
  of verbal form as rendering aspect only.
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