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Greek Lexicon, Structure and Origin of
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The Ancient Greek vocabulary distinguishes ten parts of speech: (declinable) article, substantives, adjectives, numerals, pronouns, verbs; (indeclinable) adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. On the basis of provenance, three categories of Ancient Greek vocabulary may be distinguished: (1) vocabulary inherited from PIE, (2) loanwords, and (3) vocabulary created in Ancient Greek.

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Georgios Papanastassiou, “Greek Lexicon, Structure and Origin of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000167>
First published online: 2013

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