Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics

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Minima are minimal prosodic requirements placed on words and their parts. In Ancient Greek, lexical roots and the words they form are minimally two moras in length, and the derivational affixes that form new lexical words are minimally one mora. Nonlexical words and inflectional affixes have no minimal requirements.

1. Introduction

Many languages place minimal prosodic restrictions on the size of well-formed words, especially on the so-called lexical or open-class words ‒ no…

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Chris Golston, “Minima”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000235>
First published online: 2013

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