Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

New from Cambridge University Press!


Keeping Languages Alive

By Mari C. Jones and Sarah Ogilvie

Keeping Languages Alive "discusses current efforts to record, collect and archive endangered languages in traditional and new media that will support future language learners and speakers."

New from Oxford University Press!


Phonological Templates in Development

By Marilyn May Vihman

Phonological Templates in Development "explores the role of phonological templates in early language use from the perspective of usage-based phonology and exemplar models and within the larger developmental framework of Dynamic Systems Theory."

E-mail this page

We Have a New Site!

With the help of your donations we have been making good progress on designing and launching our new website! Check it out at!
***We are still in our beta stages for the new site--if you have any feedback, be sure to let us know at***

Dissertation Information

Title: The Greek Reduplicated Aorist Add Dissertation
Author: Miles Beckwith Update Dissertation
Email: click here to access email
Institution: Yale University, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1996
Linguistic Subfield(s): Historical Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient
Director(s): Brent Vine

Abstract: The Greek verbal system is tripartite, having three tense-aspects: present, aorist and perfect. Perfect formations in the Greek typically show initial reduplication, as does the occasional present. In addition, a small number of forms exist which can only be classed as reduplicated aorists, but these forms typically do not occur in prose and have a very limited distribution in the attested Greek texts. The following dissertation examines the use of these forms and attempts to unravel their history.

Etymological analysis shows that a small number of these forms are archaisms pre-served from Indo-European while an equally small number are innovations of the Greek era. However, the majority of the attested reduplicated aorists resist such analysis, and are more difficult to place within their individual verbal paradigms. Fortunately, a careful analysis of the metrical distribution shows that many of the remaining forms occur only in specialized metrical environments and suggests that these forms are artificial creations of poetic diction.