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Desideratives are secondary derivatives from verbal and nominal roots displaying stems consisting of two thematic formants:  -i-a and -s-ei. Both are documented already in Homer; in the latter language the formation in -s-ei is found above all in Doric dialects (known as ‘Doric future’). The category of desideratives is also well developed in Indo-Aryan, but in spite of certain morphological resemblances, Indo-Aryan and Hellenic developed this category independently.  

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Vit Bubenik, “Desideratives”, 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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