Hair-splitting for the Bald

Daniel Riaño danielrr at
Sat Jul 10 03:52:29 EDT 1999

Carl W. Conrad Wrote:

>>(1) I do believe (but am not prepared at present to document) that the
>>ratio of perfects/aorists is indeed considerably higher in classical
>>narrative Greek than it is in Koine. Probably this is something that
>>HAS been documented, but I can't put my hands on it now.

 It has. A very good place to look for data, sound explanations and
bibliography is Duhoux, Yves.   "Le verbe grec ancien. Éléments de
morphologie et de syntaxe historiques."  Louvain-la-Neuve, 1992. In chapter
9 (pp. 497) you can find the donées statistiques:

	Aor.		Perf./Pl.Perf.
Ilias	5334	86.27%	849	13.73%
Odyssea	3944	84.89%	702	15.11%
Herodotus.	4900	81.31%	1126	18.69%
Thucydides	4054	89.12%	495	10.88%
Att. Aut.	398	70.19%	169	29.81%

 	1. data from Il., Od. Th. comes from Schlachter, L. "Statistische
Untersuchungen über den Gebrauch der Tempora und Modi bei einzelnen
griechischen Schrifstellern (I-III)." *IF* 22, 23, 24 (1907-1908,
1908-1909, 1909): 202-242, 165-204, 189-221.
	2. *Att. Aut.* stands for a choix d' auteurs attiques (from V-IV
centuries a.C.) and the collection of data for this selections comes from
Chanet, A.M. "A propos du verbe grec. Questions de frécuence (attique
classique)." *Cratyle* 9 (1984): 1-15.

Daniel Riaño Rufilanchas
Madrid, España

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