n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Adjectival periphrasis in Ancient Greek : the categorial status of the participle

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In this article, I discuss constructions consisting of Ancient Greek εΐμί, 'I am', and a present, perfect or aorist participle. More in particular, I focus on those cases where the participle is said to have an 'adjectival' (i.e. property-referring) function. My main goal is to clarify the categorial status of the participle. I argue that the participle used in this type of construction should not be considered 'adjectivised,' but rather located on an intracategorial continuum. I close the article by discussing the relationship between the concepts of 'adjectival' and 'verbal' periphrasis, showing that they should not be considered mutually exclusive, as has been previously assumed.

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