n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Towards the identification of verbal periphrasis in Ancient Greek : a prototype analysis
|Article Title||Towards the identification of verbal periphrasis in Ancient Greek : a prototype analysis|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Ghent University, Belgium|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||1 - 25|
|Keyword(s)||Ancient Greek, Prototypically organised category and Verbal periphrasis|
This paper discusses how to identify so-called 'periphrastic' constructions in Ancient Greek. I characterise verbal periphrasis as a prototypically organised category, with central or 'prototypical' members and more peripheral ones. By applying a number of generally accepted criteria of periphrasticity to a corpus of examples, I argue that we can distinguish between four groups of constructions considered periphrastic in the secondary literature.
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