[b-greek] RE: past tense augment

From: Decker, Rodney (rdecker@bbc.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 09:47:12 EST

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<P><FONT SIZE=2>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.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>Book info (on augment, see pp. 39f): &lt;http://faculty.bbc.edu/rdecker/deixis.htm&gt;.</FONT>

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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>Rodney J. Decker, Th.D.</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=2>Associate Prof/NT, Baptist Bible Seminary</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=2>Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA</FONT>
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<BR><FONT SIZE=2>Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 10:43 PM</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=2>To: Biblical Greek</FONT>
<BR><FONT SIZE=2>Subject: [b-greek] past tense augment</FONT>

<P><FONT SIZE=2>&nbsp;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. </FONT></P>

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