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Reconsidering the Ancient Greek periphrastic perfect: a cognitive and diachronic analysis

Klaas Bentein (UGent)
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This paper presents a cognitive and diachronic analysis of periphrastic eimi “I am” with perfect participle. Within the framework of Mental Spaces Theory, it is argued that the periphrastic construction started out as a resultative perfect, with FOCUS and EVENT located in the same mental space, and that, contrary to what is sometimes believed, the construction was not limited to a purely stative meaning, but in fifth-century Classical Greek underwent the cross-linguistically attested semantic shift from resultative to anterior, whereby an additional non-FOCUS EVENT-space was constructed. In fourth-century Classical Greek the construction was further extended semantically and morphologically.
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periphrasis, diachrony, perfect, Mental Spaces Theory, Ancient Greek

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Bentein, Klaas. 2011. “Reconsidering the Ancient Greek Periphrastic Perfect: a Cognitive and Diachronic Analysis.” In Proceedings of the 6th Athens Postgraduate Conference. Athens, Greece: Athens University Press.
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Bentein, K. (2011). Reconsidering the Ancient Greek periphrastic perfect: a cognitive and diachronic analysis. Proceedings of the 6th Athens postgraduate conference. Presented at the 6th Athens Postgraduate Conference of the Department of Philology : National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece: Athens University Press.
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Bentein K. Reconsidering the Ancient Greek periphrastic perfect: a cognitive and diachronic analysis. Proceedings of the 6th Athens postgraduate conference. Athens, Greece: Athens University Press; 2011.
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Bentein, Klaas. “Reconsidering the Ancient Greek Periphrastic Perfect: a Cognitive and Diachronic Analysis.” Proceedings of the 6th Athens Postgraduate Conference. Athens, Greece: Athens University Press, 2011. Print.
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  abstract     = {This paper presents a cognitive and diachronic analysis of periphrastic eimi {\textquotedblleft}I am{\textquotedblright} with perfect participle. Within the framework of Mental Spaces Theory, it is argued that the periphrastic construction started out as a resultative perfect, with FOCUS and EVENT located in the same mental space, and that, contrary to what is sometimes believed, the construction was not limited to a purely stative meaning, but in fifth-century Classical Greek underwent the cross-linguistically attested semantic shift from resultative to anterior, whereby an additional non-FOCUS EVENT-space was constructed. In fourth-century Classical Greek the construction was further extended semantically and morphologically.},
  author       = {Bentein, Klaas},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 6th Athens postgraduate conference},
  keyword      = {periphrasis,diachrony,perfect,Mental Spaces Theory,Ancient Greek},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Athens, Greece},
  pages        = {10},
  publisher    = {Athens University Press},
  title        = {Reconsidering the Ancient Greek periphrastic perfect: a cognitive and diachronic analysis},
  year         = {2011},
}