Abstract Nouns
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Abstract nouns (ANs) are a very heterogeneous class. Any semantic definition of such a class cannot describe it as a whole. Yet ANs can be described by means of the functional (semantic and pragmatic) criterion of reference, i.e., the property of linguistic signs to refer to object…

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Germana Olga Civilleri, “Abstract Nouns”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000002>
First published online: 2013

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