17-12-'12 | Ancient World Seminar | Sander Orriens | Presupposing the Presence of the Past: The Meaning and Use of the Perfect Tense in Ancient Greek Non-Narrative Discourse
|Wanneer:||ma 17-12-2012 16:15 - 17:30|
In this paper Sander Orriens will discuss the element of past within the Ancient Greek perfect tense - in opposition to the aorist tense - in non-narrative discourse. Through the application of insights from cross-linguistic studies he will argue that the perfect tense in Ancient Greek is actually far more complex than existing studies of the Greek tense system usually claim. For example, a speaker may use a perfect to actively influence and even manipulate the conversation. By discussing a number of passages, Orriens will show that his novel approach helps not only to answer the question why the perfect is used in a certain passage instead of the aorist (and vice versa), but also to have a better general understanding of such a passage within its broader context.
Sander Orriens studied Classics at Groningen and Cambridge. He is currently working on a dissertation in which he presents a novel approach to the Ancient Greek perfect in its linguistic context. In this dissertation, he also considers the ways in which his approach may affect our reading of Ancient Greek literature.