Compound Nouns
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Compound nouns are words formed by two or more lexemes or lexical stems (e.g. Eng. girlfriend, Gk. akrópolis ‘high city’, < ákros ‘high’ + pólis ‘city’). The morphological process through which a compound is created is called nominal composition, or compounding.

1. Introduction

In Ancient Greek, compounding is one of the most productive means of word-formation, a morphological tool that the language inherited from Indo-Europ…

Cite this page
Olga Tribulato, “Compound Nouns”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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