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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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Classical Greek (5th–3rd c. BC): the origins

Classical Greek (5th–3rd c. BC): the origins

(p.19) 2 Classical Greek (5th–3rd c. BC): the origins
The Future in Greek

Theodore Markopoulos

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the semantic, morphosyntactic, and sociolinguistic properties of the three AVCs in Ancient Greek (5th–3rd c. BC). It illustrates the fact that the most frequent FC, “μέλλω + Infinitive” had the basic meaning of intention, which could give rise to prediction in specific contexts, through contextual implicatures. The analysis of μέλλω and of the other AVCs is based on an extended corpus, comprising texts of various registers.

Keywords:   ability, aspect, genericness, implicature, infinitival complementation, intention, possession schema, prediction, telicity, volition

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