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S-Stem Nouns and Adjectives in Greek and Proto-Indo-European: A Diachronic Study in Word Formation
     

S-Stem Nouns and Adjectives in Greek and Proto-Indo-European: A Diachronic Study in Word Formation

by Torsten Meissner
 

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This book deals with one aspect of Greek and Proto-Indo-European nominal morphology, the formation, inflection and semantics of s-stem nouns and adjectives. It uncovers the mechanisms of their creation and shows their limitation. The established view that the nouns are an unproductive category is challenged; at the same time, the expanding and partly changing

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This book deals with one aspect of Greek and Proto-Indo-European nominal morphology, the formation, inflection and semantics of s-stem nouns and adjectives. It uncovers the mechanisms of their creation and shows their limitation. The established view that the nouns are an unproductive category is challenged; at the same time, the expanding and partly changing nature of the basis governing the creation of the adjectives is explained. Morphology and semantics are studied in tandem, and a large chronological span of the Greek language is covered. The historical side is then extended into prehistory, and in particular the Greek evidence is tested against recent theories on Proto-Indo-European ablaut, leading to a reassessment of the morphonological characteristics in question.

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"This is an extremely interesting book with a good index of roots and words discussed."—Martti Leiwo, The Classical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199280087
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Torsten Meissner is University Lecturer in Classics (Philology and Linguistics), and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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