[B-Greek] Future Deponent

Carl Conrad cwconrad2 at mac.com
Tue May 12 09:51:23 EDT 2009

Your thinking may be running along lines similar to those I've been  
thinking in ever since I first pondered why the future of MANQANW  
should be the middle MAQHSOAI or the future of LAMBANW should be  
LHYOMAI. I've been pondering questions like this for a decade or so  
now; you can get a sense of what I've learned and surmised at http://www.artsci.wustl.edu/~cwconrad/GrkVc.html 
  (Also to be found there are some PDF files of short papers on  
matters of voice, all of which are in need of considerable revision).

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University (Retired)

On May 12, 2009, at 8:55 AM, David Sigrist wrote:

> A few thoughts about deponents verb forms.
> Just in general, and more specifically concerning future deponents;
> Why do they exist in the first place? And, how did it come about that
> with a verb like PINO for example (there are many examples), that only
> in the future tense there is a deponent form? What about a future idea
> made this develop in the Greek mind do you think?
> I know deponents also exist in Latin, and as a fluent Spanish speaker
> it's common for many verbs of motion to speak in a "passive" sense
> (acercarse, por ejemplo). But in Greek and Latin this manner of
> speaking, for lack of a better phrase, isn't limited to verbs of
> motion.
> And if/when we answer this, is there really no nuance or distinction
> to be made from deponents forms versus active forms? Maybe there
> isn't! I just wonder sometimes.
> Thanks,
> David J. Sigrist

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