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By Klaas Bentein

Historical Greek is often thought of a 'synthetic' or 'inflectional' language, that's, a language with a excessive morpheme-per-word ratio. however, already on the earliest phases of the language one reveals lines of multi-word 'periphrastic' buildings just like these within the smooth eu languages, as in ἦν *gινό#uεν α, 'it was once happening', or ἔχει ἀτι#uά*sας ,
'he has dishonoured'.

Verbal Periphrasis in historical Greek bargains a scientific research of periphrastic buildings with the verbs 'to be' and 'to have' in keeping with an intensive corpus of texts, starting from the 8th century BC to the 8th century advert. It clarifies the notions of 'verbal periphrasis' and 'adjectival periphrasis' from a theoretical perspective, and provides a large creation to a range of contemporary developments in linguistics. It features a diachronic research which investigates
constructions in all 3 major aspectual domains-perfect point, imperfective point, and perfective aspect-combining a qualitative with a quantitative strategy. In doing so, the amount offers a considerable contribution to our figuring out of the traditional Greek verbal procedure and its improvement over

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