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Modalized Future and Scheduled Present in Coan Inscriptions

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Future and present indicatives are not usually used to express permission or obligation in ordinary Indo-European languages. The language of Ancient Greek inscriptions is no exception. The present study investigates such expressions in a corpus of inscriptions from the island of Cos; attempts to define the semantic platform of this usage; and approaches the issue of its interaction with the tense-aspect system. The article proceeds as follows. Section 9.1 defines the limits of the study and outlines the principles of the analysis. Sections 9.2 and 9.3 examine the indicative future and indicative present in accordance with the following plan: an exposition of the Coan material (9.2.1. and 9.3.1.); comparanda from outside the Coan corpus (9.2.2. and 9.3.2.); and analysis of the grammatical semantics plus the cross-linguistic perspective (9.2.3. and 9.3.3.). Section 9.4 draws conclusions.



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