Analogy
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Abstract

Greek science was based on an analogical grid of a contiguity axis and a similarity axis. Analogíā, ‘(mathematical) proportion’, was applied to language and created the notion of declension and inflectional regularity. Analogy is a function of the relational aspects of grammar and a mental striving for simplicity or uniformity. Greek is a language with rich data on the mechanism of analogy and its effects on language change.

Greek science was based on an analogical grid of a contiguity axis (also known as causal or inde…

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Raimo Anttila, “Analogy”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000021>
First published online: 2013



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