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Causative Formation
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Causatives are verbs which refer to a causal relation between two events, i.e. verbs meaning ‘cause to V₀ ’, ‘make V₀ ’, where V₀  stands for the non-causative (anticausative) member of the opposition.

Ancient Greek has no specific causative or anticausative morphemes. However, there are several morphological means to express causative meaning (for monographic studies of this category see Kuehne (1882) and Hildebrand (1889); see also for a short overview Popescu (1962)).

i. The commonest formal type of causative opposition …

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Leonid Kulikov, “Causative Formation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000424>
First published online: 2013

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