Sotera Rule
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Abstract

The Sotera Rule (‘sōtêra rule’, also known as the ‘hêma rule’ and the ‘final trochee rule’) governs the distribution of acute and circumflex on accented penultimate syllables containing a long vowel or diphthong in Attic, Ionic, and the Koine.

Penultimate and final syllables containing a long vowel or diphthong (VV-syllables) may host either an acute or circumflex accent (Accentuation). In accented final VV-syllables, the distribution of acute and circumflex is essentially morphological: in nominative a…

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Dieter Gunkel, “Sotera Rule”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000042>
First published online: 2013



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