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Agent Nouns
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Abstract

Agent nouns (nomina agentis) in Greek are formed by several suffixes (-tḗr/-́tōr, -tās, -tēs, -eús, as well as some others). This article discusses their feminine counterparts, productivity, distribution and diachrony.

Agent nouns (nomina agentis) in Greek were formed by means of the following suffixes (with their feminine counterparts):

i.
-tḗr/-́tōr, feminine   -́teir-ă, -́tri-ă
ii.
-tās (Attic-Ionic -tēs), feminine -́t-id-
iii.
-eús, feminine -́ei-ă
iv.
(late) feminine -́issa
v.
(late) feminine -aríā (?) (borrowed f…

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Vit Bubenik, “Agent Nouns”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000024>
First published online: 2013



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