[Spellyans] "become" with nouns
njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 16:51:56 GMT 2008
Michael tells Christ that Meriasek was his loyal servant and his life
is now finished. Meriasek is taken to heaven.
The bishop tell his hearers that Meriasek was Christ's loyal servant
and there follows an account of Meriasek's saintly deeds while he was
In the first case Meriasek's loyalty to Christ is a completed event.
In the second it is a state during which much happened.
On 4 Nov 2008, at 15:43, Ray Chubb wrote:
> On 4 Du 2008, at 12:21, nicholas williams wrote:
>> Look incidentally at these two lines:
>> ziso y fue servont lel ‘to thee he was (preterite) a loyal servant’
>> BM 4339 [Michael to Christ in heaven]
>> eff o lel servont ihesu ‘he was (imperfect) a loyal servant of
>> Jesus’ BM 4379 [the bishop of Cornouaille].
>> What is the contrast there?
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> I was thinking along these same lines, perhaps clarity in the
> meaning 'became' is achieved by use of a preterite where one would
> not normally expect one.
> Ray Chubb
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