Hellenistic‐Roman Greek (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD): proliferation of AVCs
This chapter traces the developments of the AVCs in the Hellenistic–Roman period (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD). With the help of material examined for the first time, mainly from the papyri, many standardly made assumptions regarding the AVCs are challenged; for instance, the “assumed” Latin origin of the future‐referring œχω construction is here shown to have emerged through a “modal branching” situation from its previous ability meaning. Numerous original examples, previously unexamined, shed new light on the various modal meanings of the three AVCs.
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