Friday, October 22, 2010

Mounce on Deponent Verbs

The third edition of Mounce's Greek textbook has a little note in the margin on p. 152 where he discusses deponent verbs:

There is some interesting research currently happening that questions whether there is such a thing as deponency. For example, many deponent verbs are intransitive (36.10) and therefore cannot be passive. See the class website for an ongoing discussion.

I join those who feel that the notion of deponency in Greek is problematic, and I will be instructing my class that the so-called deponent verbs should really be thought of as (inherently) middle verbs.

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