The Origin of the Greek Pluperfect

28 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2009

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Joshua T. Katz

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Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The origin of the pluperfect is the biggest remaining hole in our understanding of the Ancient Greek verbal system. This paper provides a novel unitary account of all four morphological types - alphathematic, athematic, thematic, and the anomalous Homeric form 3sg. ᾔδη (ēídē) 'knew' beginning with a 'Jasanoff-type' reconstruction in Proto-Indo-European, an 'imperfect of the perfect.'

Suggested Citation

Katz, Joshua T., The Origin of the Greek Pluperfect (2007). Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics Paper No. 070702. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1426973 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1426973

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