The tragic aorist

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Title: The tragic aorist
Authors: Lloyd, Michael (Michael A.)
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Date: May-1999
Abstract: This article discusses the 'tragic' or 'instantaneous' use of the aorist tense in ancient Greek. It argues that traditional interpretations are inadequate, since most examples are neither more 'instantaneous' nor more forceful than the equivalent presents. This type of aorist is invariably performative, and its function is to distance the speaker from a more forceful present performative. This often has the effect of making the utterance more polite, and this is discussed in the light of face-threat politeness theory.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical Association
Journal: Classical Quarterly
Volume: 49
Issue: 1
Start page: 24
End page: 45
Copyright (published version): 1999 The Classical Association
Keywords: Politeness theoryAncient Greek language
Subject LCSH: Politeness (Linguistics)
Greek language--Grammar
Greek drama--History and criticism
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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