Perfective, Imperfective, and Iterative

Harry W. Jones hjbluebird at
Thu May 23 06:36:10 EDT 2002

Dear Ward,

My basic grammars(I have six) do seem to define aspect as equaling
aktionsart but Wallace and Young seem say that there is a difference.

But mainly Ward, I'm trying to understand what Mark's hypothesis is.
If you understand what it is and could state it so that I could 
understand it, I would be most appreciative.

Best Regards,


> Dear b-greekers,
> At 04:33 PM 020521 -0400, Harry W. Jones wrote:
> >Dear Mark,
> >
> >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.
> Regards,
> Ward
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