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Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek
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Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek: Have- and Be- Constructions

Klaas Bentein


This book deals with the use and development of ‘periphrastic’ constructions in Ancient Greek (VIII BC–VIII AD), focusing on constructions with the verbs ‘to be’ (εἰμί‎) and ‘to have’ (ἔχω), as in ἦν διδάσκων‎ ‘he was teaching’ or ἔχω θαυμάσας‎ ‘I have wondered’. While Ancient Greek is commonly considered a ‘synthetic’ language, already at the earliest stages we find traces of such multi-word periphrastic constructions, comparable to those occurring in the Modern European languages. The book consists of five chapters. The first two chapters are theoretically oriented. In the first chapter, a n ... More

Keywords: verbal periphrasis, adjectival periphrasis, aspect, transitivity, prototype-theory, grammaticalization, Ancient Greek, diachrony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klaas Bentein, author
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Ghent University