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Word Formation (paragōgḗ/súnthesis), Ancient Theories of
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In ancient Greek grammatical theory, word formation falls under the heading of parts of speech. Certain parts of speech have properties of type (eîdos) and shape (skhêma), relating to derivation (paragōg) and compounding (súnthesis), respectively. Ancient Greek grammars devote less attention to these processes than they do to derived vs. compounded words themselves. The type of a word is either primary (prōtótypon) or derived (parágōgon), its shape either sim…

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Jaana Vaahtera, “Word Formation (paragōgḗ/súnthesis), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000377>
First published online: 2013

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