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The Future in GreekFrom Ancient to Medieval$
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Theodore Markopoulos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539857.001.0001

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Introduction: aims, theory, and method

Introduction: aims, theory, and method

(p.1) 1 Introduction: aims, theory, and method
The Future in Greek

Theodore Markopoulos

Oxford University Press

The investigation of the future‐referring constructions follows the functional–typological framework of grammaticalization. This first chapter discusses some basic principles of the framework, and highlights the reasons why it is chosen over the generative grammar paradigm. It also introduces the notion of Auxiliary Verb Construction (AVC), which will be employed in the analysis of the future‐referring constructions (FCs), instead of the misty notion of “periphrasis”. Finally, it illustrates the reason why such a study was clearly missing from the literature on the history of the Greek language.

Keywords:   Auxiliary Verb Construction, functional perspective, futurity, generative grammar, grammaticalization, modality, periphrasis, textual sources

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