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Compound Tenses (Hellenistic Greek)
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During the period of Hellenistic Greek we witness the rise and spread of numerous periphrastic formations in the verbal system, specifically in the imperfective aspect (Present and Imperfect) and in the perfect (Perfect and Pluperfect). These innovations were due to language-internal (morphological transparency of notionally complex categories) and external factors (the contact with Coptic in Egypt, Hebrew and Ar…

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Vit Bubenik, “Compound Tenses (Hellenistic Greek)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000070>
First published online: 2013

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