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The Future in Greek: From Ancient to Medieval

Theodore Markopoulos


This book investigates the development of three future‐referring constructions in Greek, namely “μέλλω / œχω / θέλω + Infinitive / complement clause” in the classical (5th–4th c. BC), the Hellenistic–Roman (3rd c. BC–4th c. AD), the Early Medieval (5th–10th c. AD), and the Late Medieval period (11th–15th c. AD). Despite their co‐occurrence in all these periods, it is shown for the first time that these constructions were increasingly differentiated in terms of their semantic, syntactic, and sociolinguistic properties. The analysis sheds new light on these developments, since large parts are ba ... More

Keywords: ability, Auxiliary Verb Construction, deontic modality, finite complements, non‐finite complements, future reference, grammaticalization, language contact, Medieval Greek, non‐literary texts, papyri, variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199539857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore Markopoulos, author
University of Uppsala