Mk 10:20 aspectology

clayton stirling bartholomew c.s.bartholomew at
Tue Aug 29 15:59:08 EDT 2000

on 08/29/00 12:36 PM, CWestf5155 at wrote:

> Well, Systemic Linguistics doesn't think that everything is a choice.  The
> principle is: when there is no choice, there is no formal significance--no
> semantic load with the form.  And SL recognizes linguistic phenomena such as
> idioms and collocation--virtually no choice there.  However, when there is a
> choice, then in that case the choice has meaning (and I'll go on record to
> say this is true for lexis too, though lexis doesn't involve a system like
> the verbal system).


This is a good clarification. Much appreciated. I do wonder if a lot of the
less expreinced advocates of aspectology understand this. They don't seem

> I think part of our problem is that aspect has assumed monstrous proportions
> way out of perspective with the role it plays.  Aspect is not the key to
> understanding Greek--it is one of many many things that convey meaning.

Yes. I am with you on this one. It has "assumed monstrous proportions" and I
think it is about time that we enlist Markuk or Baal to slay this dragon. It
is a nuisance to have this dragon lurking in the "deep" and coming to the
surface now and then to cause trouble.


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

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