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Re: Speak, Mnemosyne

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Sunday, November 18, 2007, 15:28
2007/11/18, R A Brown <ray@...>:
> > The imperfective is really a superordinate category and includes > aspectual distinction habitual, progressive & iterative. So it could > imply 'continue speaking' or it could be 'speak now and speak this again > & again' etc. > > The word 'aorist' literally means "unbounded" and this seems to me to > correspond very well with Trask's definitive of 'perfective': "A > superordinate aspectual category involving a lack of explicit reference > to the internal temporal consistency of the situation." > > So it would be the imperative if your concern was to get Mnemosyne > speaking now without bothering to concern yourself whether you want her > to keep on speaking or speak again on other occasions, etc. > > Yes, I agree, the imperfective would seem more appropriate. > > -- > Ray
Hmm this is most interesting. In fact, this is the first time that I have heard of there being separate imperatives for different "aspects" in Ancient Greek, or for that matter in any language. Or perhaps I have and it is only the suppletion in this case that is fascinating me so, but I digress. (What is internal temporal consistency, actually? The term flies over my head.) So we've got Εἶπε, Μνημοσύνη in Ancient Greek, which then leads me to my next question -- what is the cognate, if there is one, of εἶπε(ιν?) in other IE languages? Eugene


R A Brown <ray@...>