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Direct Object
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The direct objects express the semantic role of the patient, that is, the participant affected by a transitive situation. In Ancient Greek, the case of the direct object is prototypically the accusative. However, on the basis of a scalar hypothesis of transitivity, the notion of affectedness may be conceived of as a gradual property of the objects. In this perspective, different ways of enco…

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Egle Mocciaro, “Direct Object”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000109>
First published online: 2013

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