[B-Greek] -SK- verb suffix
Carl W. Conrad
cwconrad at ioa.com
Thu Sep 15 14:50:49 EDT 2005
I would not assume that because Smyth cites it for Attic there was
any residual sense that such verbs are inchoative or inceptive. I'd
like to see some evidence that such a sense in Koine verbs was
recognized as such. On the other hand, it may be that the very fact
that the aorist stem of these verbs lacks the -SK- (as in Attic)
indicates that the clear differentiation of aspect between presents
and imperfects in GI(G)NWSK- and aorists in GNW- is something
speakers/writers were cognizant of.
On Sep 15, 2005, at 2:05 PM, George F Somsel wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:26:52 -0700 Elizabeth Kline
> <kline-dekooning at earthlink.net> writes:
>> Does the -SK- verb suffix have a predictable semantic function in
>> Is the semantic function less predictable than in Homer?
>> a few samples:
>> hEURISKW, APOQNHiSKEIN, EPIPRASKON, ARESKW, DIDASKEI, MIMNHiSKESQE,
>> Having read A.T. Robertson, J. Moulton and BDF it would be nice to
>> hear some fresh views on this topic.
>> Elizabeth Kline
> Henry Weir Smyth in his _Greek_Grammar_, pp. 168-69 (§§ 526-28) lists
> this as the "Fifth or Inceptive Class." Under § 526a he states,
> "This class is called <I>inceptive</i> (or <I>inchoative</i>) because
> some of the verbs belonging to it have the sense of <I>beginning</
> i> or
> <I>becoming</i> (cp. Lat. <I>-sco</i>; as GHRASKW <I>grow old</i>."
> I would assume that this continues in Koine as well.
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Carl W. Conrad
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