[B-Greek] Imperfect and Aorist Tense-Aspects
Con R. Campbell
Con.Campbell at moore.edu.au
Mon Sep 18 19:28:46 EDT 2006
Aspect operates in cooperation with other elements, such as lexemes etc.
When perfective aspect (aorist) is used with a stative lexeme (such as
'think'), the net effect is an ingressive Aktionsart: 'he began to think'.
This beginning to think is still viewed as a whole. The difference between
the ingressive aorist and the ingressive imperfect is that the imperfect
will usually portray some kind of continuity (since it provides an interval
view), while the aorist will not normally portray continuity (since it
provides an external view). The imperfective version might be: 'he began
Hope that makes tense ;)
On 19/9/06 9:13 AM, "Bert de Haan" <b_dehaan at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> Right now the discussion is going beyong my ability to follow.
> That is fine but if I had an answer to my question of Fri Sep 15 20:59:37
> EDT 2006
> my understanding may be a bit better.
> I wrote:
> " If the aorist is meant to give a summary view ( or is the unmarked or the
> default tense) of a past action, how am I to understand the Ingressive
> Would the Imperfect not be the more logical tense for that?"
> This question is quite basic compared to where the discussion has gone but
> one thing I like about this group is that there is room for beginning
> students as well as advanced students.
> Thank you.
> Bert de Haan.
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