Linguistic Correctness (hellēnismós), Ancient Theories of
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Abstract

One of the key issues of ancient Greek linguistic theory was determining linguistic correctness concerning both single words and word combinations. Errors that could affect the language were seen as barbarisms and solecisms. A single word form or a special construction could be accepted as correct or incorrect Greek on the basis of certain criteria, which varied slightly depending on the sources and were likely to be the object of debate. The pri…

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Lara Pagani, “Linguistic Correctness (hellēnismós), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 26 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000391>
First published online: 2013



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