The Perfect Dilemma: Aspect in the Koine Greek Verbal System, Accepted and Debated Areas of Research

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Johnson, Christopher H.
Greek; Verbal Aspect; McKay; Porter; Fanning; Campbell; Language, Ancient; Indo-European Linguistics and Philology
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Verbal aspect is a recent but very promising field of study in Koine Greek, which seeks to describe the semantic meaning of the verbal forms. This study surveys the works of the leading contributors in this field and offers critiques of their major points. The subject matter is divided into three sections: methods, areas of agreement, and areas of dispute, with a focus on the latter. Overall, scholarship has provided a more accurate description of the Greek verbal system through the theory of verbal aspect, though there are topics that need further research. This study’s suggestions may aid in developing verbal aspect and substantiating certain features of its theory.