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Adjectival periphrasis in Ancient Greek: a cognitive analysis

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In this article, I discuss Ancient Greek constructions consisting of a form of the verb eimi U+2018I amU+2019 and a present, perfect or aorist participle. More in particular, I focus on those uses where the participle is said to have an U+201CadjectivalU+201D function. My main goal is to give a unified semantic description of this phenomenon, adopting a Cognitive framework. I show that adjectival periphrasis typically involves the predication of properties, which can be characterized in terms of low transitivity (Hopper & Thompson 1980). I furthermore argue that a so-called U+201Cproperty readingU+201D involves a particular kind of conceptual integration, whereby only one component state of the verb eimi is elaborated by the participle.
Journal: Onomázein: Revista de Lingüística, Filología y Traducción
ISSN: 0717-1285
Volume: 27
Pages: 15 - 34
Publication year:2013
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Authors:National
Authors from:Higher Education
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