Perfective, Imperfective, and Iterative
B. Ward Powers
bwpowers at optusnet.com.au
Thu May 23 02:11:28 EDT 2002
At 04:33 PM 020521 -0400, Harry W. Jones wrote:
>I was hoping that you could explain your hypothesis in terms that
>I could understand. For example, my Greek grammar book defines Aktionsart
>as Durative, Punctiliar and State of completion.
Contributors to the list are using a wide variety of terms as we attempt to
come to grips with some of these issues. It is becoming common to find
references in contributions to Perfective, Imperfective, Iterative, etc.,
which represent a pretty complete change to the previously more customary
(and uniform) terminology. I have to look carefully at context to be able
to hazard a guess at what is being meant at times.
When it comes to this use of terminology, I am inevitably reminded of a
precedent in Judges 17:6, 21:25: Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Moulton in Vol. 1 of his "Grammar", p.109, advocates the terms "durative"
and "punctiliar" for the aspect of the present/imperfect and aorist tenses
respectively, and these terms, along with "perfective" (for the aspect of
the perfect and pluperfect tenses) are the ones used in my copy of
Blass-Debrunner-Funk ("A Greek Grammar of the N.T."), p.166.
I consider that these other "new" alternative terms (as in the heading of
this thread) are confusing rather than helpful.
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