Monthly Archives: March 2016

Aspect and imperatives data: The perfect imperative is frustrating

By Mike Aubrey How do you account for the difference between the following?
καὶ διεγερθεὶς ἐπετίμησεν τῷ ἀνέμῳ καὶ εἶπεν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· Σιώπα, πεφίμωσο. καὶ ἐκόπασεν ὁ ἄνεμος, καὶ ἐγένετο γαλήνη μεγάλη
And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea: “Be quiet, be silent, and the wind abated and there …read more

Atheism and Fundamentalism: Why atheists don’t understand religion and why believers don’t like atheist criticisms

By Neil Godfrey I recently lamented in a comment that some atheists appear incapable of understanding any argument about religion that is neither attacking nor defending it. Atheism, fundamentalism, liberal Christianity, religion generally — they do not all seem to be equally well understood as many heated arguments testify. Are ex-fundamentalist atheists still …read more

Performative Perfects: States Achieved in the Speaking

By Mike Aubrey Sometimes, saying something makes it so. If you have that kind of power, you can use a middle perfect to great effect.
καὶ εἶπεν Τωβιας Οὐ μὴ φάγω ἐντεῦθεν οὐδὲ μὴ πίω, ἕως ἂν διαστήσῃς τὰ πρὸς ἐμέ. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ραγουηλ ὅτι Ποιῶ, καὶ αὐτὴ δίδοταί σοι κατὰ τὴν κρίσιν …read more

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