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The Future in GreekFrom Ancient to Medieval$
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Theodore Markopoulos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539857.001.0001

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Hellenistic‐Roman Greek (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD): proliferation of AVCs

Hellenistic‐Roman Greek (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD): proliferation of AVCs

(p.46) 3 Hellenistic‐Roman Greek (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD): proliferation of AVCs
The Future in Greek

Theodore Markopoulos

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   deontic modality, Greek–Latin contact, logical square, negated possibility, papyri, register differentiation, Subjunctive

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