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Verbal Aspects In Mandarin Chinese And New Testament Greek

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This chapter provides an introduction to general studies of aspect. It focuses on Mandarin Chinese aspect and New Testament Greek aspect. The chapter also provides a methodology needed for translating the Bible from Greek into Mandarin. The term "aspect" was first used by the French linguist C.P. Reiff in the early nineteenth century to translate the Russian word, which refers to the perfective and imperfective aspects, as well as to Aktionsarten. The chapter critically examines studies of Greek aspect, all of which are monographs. It outlines a methodology for treating New Testament Greek aspect necessary for engaging detailed discussions on Bible translation issues. The chapter focuses on verbal aspect in the Chinese language.

Keywords: Chinese Bible translation; Mandarin Chinese aspect; New Testament Greek aspect; verbal aspect

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