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Aspectual choice with verba dicendi in Herodotus’ histories

Klaas Bentein UGent (2015) EMERITA. 83(2). p.221-245
abstract
In this article, I discuss the factors that motivate the choice for the aorist versus imperfect tense with verba dicendi. I argue that the textual dimension plays a particularly important role, and that two subdimensions must be taken into account: (a) whether the author wishes to draw explicit attention to what is said; (b) whether a reaction (i.c. reply) can be expected by the speaker (and by extension the reader). I frame my observations within a larger theory of aspect in Ancient Greek, which takes into account – next to the textual dimension – two other major dimensions, called the ‘ideational’ dimension and the ‘interpersonal’ dimension. The analysis concentrates on the eighth book of Herodotus’ Histories.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
textual dimension, aspectual choice, verba dicendi, Ancient Greek, three-dimensional analysis, METAPHOR
journal title
EMERITA
volume
83
issue
2
pages
221 - 245
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000365102300002
ISSN
0013-6662
DOI
10.3989/emerita.2015.10.1310
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5707896
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5707896
date created
2014-09-23 13:33:56
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2016-12-19 15:42:18
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  title        = {Aspectual choice with verba dicendi in Herodotus{\textquoteright} histories},
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  volume       = {83},
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Chicago
Bentein, Klaas. 2015. “Aspectual Choice with Verba Dicendi in Herodotus’ Histories.” Emerita 83 (2): 221–245.
APA
Bentein, K. (2015). Aspectual choice with verba dicendi in Herodotus’ histories. EMERITA, 83(2), 221–245.
Vancouver
1.
Bentein K. Aspectual choice with verba dicendi in Herodotus’ histories. EMERITA. 2015;83(2):221–45.
MLA
Bentein, Klaas. “Aspectual Choice with Verba Dicendi in Herodotus’ Histories.” EMERITA 83.2 (2015): 221–245. Print.