Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0226718581

ISBN-13: 9780226718583

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

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Description: The verb is, in any language, the motor of all communication: no verb, no action. In Greek, verb forms change not only with person, number, tense, and voice, but in four possible moods as well. Available now in a special reprint for the North American market, "The Syntax and Semantics of the Verb in Classical Greek" is an incomparable resource to students and scholars charged with the considerable task of untangling the Greek language's many complexities. With clear, concise instruction, Albert Rijksbaron shows how the various verb forms contribute to the richness of the Greek literature as we know it, in this essential guide for both novices and experienced practitioners. "[This study] belongs in the library of any Hellenist and any linguist interested in ancient Greek."--"Classics Newsletter" ("Anzeiger fur die Altertumswissenschaft") "Every use is described with concision and clarity."--"Kratylos" "The book offers an example of how the empirical thoroughness of traditional Classical scholarship can be brought into contact with general linguistic theory."--"Language" ""

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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

Prefaces
Introduction to the Moods and Tenses
The semantic value of the tense stems
The role of the lexical meaning of the verb
The expression of past, present, and future
The moods in independent sentences
The Main Uses of the Single Moods and Tenses in Independent Sentences
Present indicative
Temporal location: at the moment of utterance
In questions with iussive force
Generic use
Imperfect and aorist indicative in narrative texts
The alternation of imperfect an aorist indicative and its effects
Further uses of the imperfect
Expresses repeated states of affairs
Conative use; imperfect of likelihood
Immediative imperfect
Expresses completed states of affairs
Further uses of the aorist indicative
Past-in-the-past
Ingressive use
Historic present
Introduction
Marks decisive states of affairs
'Punctuates' a narrative
Non-narrative uses of imperfect and aorist indicative
The imperfect of modal verbs
Imperfect and aorist indicative in wishes
Aorist indicative in direct speech
Constative use
The aorist indicative of performative verbs ('tragic aorist')
[Characters not reproducible] + aorist indicative with iussive force
Generic (gnomic) use of the aorist indicative
Future indicative
Perfect indicative (perfect)
Of terminative (telic) verbs
Of stative verbs
Pluperfect
Future perfect
Subjunctive
In iussive sentences
In interrogative sentences
Optative
In wishes (without a[Characters not reproducible]; cupitive optative)
In declarative sentences (with [Characters not reproducible]; potential optative)
In statements
With iussive force
In interrogative sentences (with [Characters not reproducible]; potential optative)
Imperative
The semantic difference between present and aorist stem in the constructions of [Section Section] 13-15
Introduction
Imperative
Cupitive optative and potential optative
The Use of Moods and Tenses in Dependent Clauses
Introduction
Clauses with the Function Object or Subject (Obligatory Clauses)
With verbs of perception and emotion, and with verbs of saying
With verbs of perception ('see', 'know', 'perceive', etc.) and emotion
With verbs of saying; indirect speech
'Indirect speech' with verbs of perception and emotion
Temporal and other clauses in indirect speech
With verbs of asking, inquiring, etc.
Introduction: direct questions
Indirect questions
With verbs of fearing
With verbs of contriving, etc.
Clauses With the Function Satellite (Optional Clauses)
Purpose clauses
Consecutive clauses
Conditional clauses
Introduction
[Characters not reproducible] + indicative
[Characters not reproducible] ([Characters not reproducible], [Characters not reproducible]) + subjunctive
With a future indicative or some other form with future reference in the apodosis
With a generic present indicative in the apodosis
[Characters not reproducible] + optative
With an optative + [Characters not reproducible] in the apodosis
With an imperfect in the apodosis
[Characters not reproducible] + secondary indicative
Appendix: [Characters not reproducible]- and [Characters not reproducible]-clauses with purpose value
Concessive clauses
Temporal clauses
Single past states of affairs
Particulars
[Characters not reproducible]-clauses with causal value
Single future states of affairs
Particulars
Habitual non-past states of affairs
Habitual past states of affairs
Causal clauses
Relative Clauses
Introduction
The moods in relative clauses
Anaphoric clauses
Autonomous clauses
Particulars
Non-Finite Verb Forms: Infinitive and Participle
Introduction
Infinitive
Infinitive as an obligatory constituent; dynamic and declarative infinitive
Supplementary infinitive and accusative plus infinitive
General observations
Particulars
Dynamic and declarative infinitive, continued
The dynamic infinitive
The declarative infinitive
Verbs allowing both infinitive constructions
Infinitive as an optional constituent with verbs of giving, taking, etc.
Articular infinitive
Participle
The participle as an obligatory or optional constituent with a main verb
The participle as an obligatory constituent
The participle as a satellite
Periphrastic constructions
Attributive participle
Voice: Active, Middle, Passive
Introduction
Voice defined
The morphological features of the Greek voices
Survey of grammatical terms
Survey of the contents of [Section Section] 42-48
Middle-passive forms of transitive active verbs, with passive meaning
The principle
Particulars
Particulars, continued
Excursus: verbal adjectives
Middle-passive forms of transitive active verbs, with direct-reflexive meaning
The principle
Particulars
Middle-passive forms of transitive active verbs, with indirect-reflexive meaning
The principle
Particulars
Middle-passive forms of transitive active verbs, with pseudo-reflexive or pseudo-passive meaning
The principle
Particulars
Verbs with active forms only (so-called activa tantum)
The principle
Particulars
Verbs with middle-passive forms only
Verbs with a middle aorist (so-called media tantum)
The principle
Particulars
Verbs with a passive aorist (so-called passiva tantum)
The principle
Particulars
Summary of the main uses of the middle-passive voice
Of verbs that are also used in the active voice
Of verbs that are not used in the active voice
Select Bibliography
Index of Terms
Index of Greek Words
Index Locorum
Summary: 'Essentials of Syntax and Semantics'
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