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The syntactic functions and/or semantic roles encoded by the Ancient Greek genitive do not coincide precisely with the uses of the genitive in other Indo-European languages. Indeed, the A.Gk. genitive is a result of IE genitive-ablative merging and it combines the functions of both cases comprising, besides poss…

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Maria Carmela Benvenuto, “Genitive”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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