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Addressee is the semantic role of the indirect object or three-place predicates of saying. In Greek addressees are expressed with the dative case and prepositional phrases with eis and prós ‘to’.

According to Luraghi (2003), addressee is the role taken by the third argument of some three-place predicates, typically verbs of ‘saying’. Addressees are typically human. In Indo-European languages in general, and Greek in particular, addressees are typically encoded by the dative case, although they can appear with some preposit…

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Christina Sevdali, “Addressee”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000412>
First published online: 2013

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