Greek perfect as a stylistic device.

2016. №1, 7-24

Fatima A. Eloeva a, b, @, Dmitri A. Chernoglazov a
a Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russian Federation;
b Vilniaus universitetas, Vilnius, LT-01513, Lithuania;


This study is an attempt to examine a few episodes from the diachronic development of Modern Greek synthetic and analytic perfect from the standpoint of functional grammar. Perfect seems to be used as a stylistic device, a means of archaization. The data of medieval and contemporary modern Greek are considered in the context of the of the so-called Greek «language issue» — the conscious archaization of the language standard of Greek, attested from the 1st c. AD and correlating with the situation of diglossia.