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Infinitives (Morphology of)
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An infinitive is an indeclinable form, derived from a verbal stem, whereas a verbal noun is a declinable substantive derived from the root of the verb. In Greek, infinitives were integrated into the tense-aspect and voice systems. In historical Greek it is synchronically far from obvious that the infinitival endings have anything to do with nominal morphology. Nevertheless, it is possible to anal…

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Ioannis Fykias, “Infinitives (Morphology of)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000188>
First published online: 2013

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