Re: Gnomic aorists (was Re: Góquim)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 9, 2003, 23:02|
Quoting Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>:
> BTW, I wonder whether the Georgian usage is influenced by Greek.
> After all, the standard of Classical Georgian is set by the Bible
Not really. Greek ceased to be a direct influence on Georgian
more than a millennium ago.
> > > My Elvish lang uses the uninflected verb for that. Given its most
> > > common function, a traditionalist western philologist would
> > > undoubtedly named it "imperfect".
> > I doubt it. "Imperfect" typically describes on-going actions which
> > in principle have beginnings and ends. Gnomic aorists refer precisely
> > to circumstances which have no beginning or end.
> What speaks against renaming it "aorist"? Is it also used as the
> tense of narration (a typical functioon of the aorist)?
That only Andreas can answer.
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