"Retained accusative"? (was: RE: instances of (accusative)objects in passive constructions)

Iver Larsen iver_larsen at sil.org
Mon Oct 22 16:04:22 EDT 2001

> (b) the QHN/QHS/QH & QHSOMAI/QHSHi/QHSETAI morphology
> traditionally associated in the grammar books and teach of Greek
> constitutes essentially aorist and future paradigms that have supplanted
> older MAI/SAI/TAI & MHN/SO/TO paradigms in the aorist and future tenses,

Carl, I am just focusing on this bit, because I have a question.
If the -QH- forms ("passive") have supplanted older -MAI- etc forms
("middle"), how are we to understand the verbs that have aorist forms in
both active, middle and passive?
Are you saying that it is only for those verbs that occur in the "passive"
forms and do not also occur in the "middle" forms where the "passive" has
supplanted the "middle"?


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