The Aspectual Use of the Dynamic Infinitive

I recently picked up a copy of Peter Stork’s The Aspectual Use of the Dynamic Infinitive in Herodotus (that’s an Abebooks.com link—which is where you’ll find a better price). From what I’ve perused so far, this is an absolutely incredible work covering a variety of semantic verb classes that take infinitival complements from there, Stork has organized his research based on whether the infinitive appears in the present or in the aorist. The volume is well over 500 pages of dense print and I’m looking forward to reading it in full. There’s a lot of food for thought here and it doesn’t seem that Stork’s work has really been discussed very much.

It doesn’t appear in Denny Burk’s Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament . It does, however appear in both Fanning and Porter’s monographs. I just wish Porter’s Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, with Reference to Tense and Mood actually had a subject and name index. That’d be great. Fanning (Verbal Aspect in New Testament Greek) refers to it once to commend his readers to read Stork’s summary and conclusion as highly useful. Conversely, Porter commends his own audience to read Stork’s two introductory chapters. So apparently, if you want a good survey, read the book ends. I’ll probably do that (It’s actually pretty good advice for academic books in general), but I’ll likely slowly work my way through the middle chapters as well a little at a time over the next year or so.

3 thoughts on “The Aspectual Use of the Dynamic Infinitive

    1. It looks like that’s the same Dutch summary that is printed in the last pages of the book.

      I’ve looked at Sicking and Stork’s at the University of British Columbia library. It’s an impressive work. The first study focuses on the historical present and the second on the semantics of the Greek perfect. One of these days I’m going to check it out and read it, but its well beyond my price range. I think you can read parts of it on Google Books too.

    2. Stork uses the same sort of framework for description as Fanning did where verbs/predicates are organized into semantic classes: states, activities, accomplishments, achievements, etc., based on Vendler’s scheme.

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