This volume uses a corpus-based approach to analyze the development of periphrastic expressions (typically a two-word verb construction) in the Greek language over the course of time. Selections for the corpus are from 800 BCE to 800 CE, a span of 1600 years, and include examples from both high-register and low-register texts. The corpus used in the analysis contains about 10 million words. Not all of the genres are neatly divided, as the New Testament is grouped under “Biography/Hagiography,” even though it contains multiple genres.
This volume engages Aerts, Björck, Porter, and Dietrich regarding what should or should not constitute a valid example of periphrasis. This volume includes Comrie, Rijksbaron, and McKay as it analyses verbal aspect, but the analyses of neither Porter, Fanning, nor Campbell are mentioned here. Bentein does include Evans and Olsen but only when discussing the aspect of the Perfect. For grammaticalization, this volume interacts with Bybee, Heine, and Fischer.
This volume explains the various changes over time in periphrastic formation through the lens of grammmaticalization. It has plenty of examples to illustrate each point raised. This volume appeals to specialists of the Greek language, Greek scholars, linguists with a diachronic interest, or those keeping abreast of the debates regarding the tense and aspect of the Greek Perfect. This volume is a useful reference for students in advanced studies of the Greek language. It is also a useful in its application of diachronic investigation.