Direct Object
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The direct objects express the semantic role of the patient, that is, the participant affected by a transitive situation. In Ancient Greek, the case of the direct object is prototypically the accusative. However, on the basis of a scalar hypothesis of transitivity, the notion of affectedness may be conceived of as a gradual property of the objects. In this perspective, different ways …

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Egle Mocciaro, “Direct Object”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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