The tragic aorist
|Title:||The tragic aorist||Authors:||Lloyd, Michael (Michael A.)||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2936||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 theory; Ancient Greek language||Subject LCSH:||Politeness (Linguistics)
Greek drama--History and criticism
|Other versions:||http://www.jstor.org/stable/639487||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Classics Research Collection|
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