Stephen Carlson wrote:The classic studies are those by Wackernagel and Chantraine:
Wackernagel, J., 1953. ‘Studien zum griechischen Perfectum’, Programm zur akademischen Preisverteilung, 3–32. Repr. in Kleine Schriften, 1000–21, Göttingen: Vandenhoek and Ruprecht.
Chantraine, P., 1927. L’histoire du parfait grec. Paris: Champion.
Perhaps helpful is: Drinka, B., 1998. ‘The evolution of grammar. Evidence from Indo-European perfects’, in Monika Schmid (ed.), Historical Linguistics 1997, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 117–133.
Stephen Carlson wrote:K. Benstein has some articles on the perfect in a recent issue of the Transactions of the Philological Society (from which I got these cites).
Sara Kimball has a discussion and a complicated proposal: Kimball, Sara E. (1991). ‘The origin of the Greek k-perfect’. Glotta, 69: 141–53.
Stephen Carlson wrote:The kappa-formation appears to be a Greek development, while the reduplication may be late PIE.
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