Word Classes (mérē toû lógou), Ancient Theories of
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The term ‘parts of speech’ refers to the distinction of (paradigms of) word classes (with their characterizing features or accidentia). The history of the division into parts of speech starts with Plato and Aristotle; centuries later, the Alexandrian grammarians established a set of eight parts of speech. This doctrine was transmitted to the Roman world; with slight adaptatio…

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Alfons Wouters and Pierre Swiggers, “Word Classes (mérē toû lógou), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000400>
First published online: 2013

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