Contract Verbs

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Contract Verbs

Post by Matthew Longhorn » April 27th, 2018, 2:43 pm

Are there any works that deal with the development of the contract verbs diachronically? I am interested in knowing if there was originally a principle that determined whether a verb took an epsilon, alpha or omicron contract (or indeed none).

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Re: Contract Verbs

Post by MAubrey » April 28th, 2018, 5:22 pm

There are books that deal with the history of the Greek verb generally.

Curtius' very old volume the Greek Verb is still worth reading, but some of his discussion is out of date. https://amzn.to/2r2Flim

Most recently is Willi's new book (2018): The Origin of the Greek Verb: https://amzn.to/2HAmMx9

Van de Laar has an excellent volume that mostly consistent of data rather than discussion/prose, but it's very useful: https://amzn.to/2r6mXoM

There are also the comparative grammars, such as Sihler's: https://amzn.to/2jejOj7

Then there are, of course, numerous volumes on Proto-Indo-European over the past century that discuss the Greek verb in terms of its relevance to reconstruction of PIE.
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Re: Contract Verbs

Post by Matthew Longhorn » April 29th, 2018, 11:47 am

Mike, as always - thanks.
The price of the purchase of “the origin of the Greek verb” will be added to my list of reasons for staying single soon!

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Re: Contract Verbs

Post by Matthew Longhorn » April 30th, 2018, 7:15 am

Mike, do you think that Caragounis’ “Development of Greek and the New Testament” would also be a good resource for this?

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