Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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The prototypical auxiliary in Ancient Greek is eimí ‘to be’, which is involved in certain participial periphrases conveying aspectual value and variously interacting with the synthetic forms within the inflectional paradigm. However, many other verbs are involved in Greek periphrastic constructions, although their status as auxiliaries is still a matter of debate. Recent research on grammaticalization a…

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Egle Mocciaro, “Auxiliaries”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000043>
First published online: 2013

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