Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

Get access

Agency and Causation
(4,420 words)


Semantic roles related to causation are agent, cause, instrument and intermediary, while the status of force and means as independent semantic roles in Greek is controversial. Agents are often encoded as subjects; various types of encoding exist for passive agents, partly depending on the author. Instrument and cause are encoded through the instrumental dative, but cause is most often encoded through various pre…

Cite this page
Silvia Luraghi, “Agency and Causation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000013>
First published online: 2013

▲   Back to top   ▲