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Nominal System (Gender, Number, Case)
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The classical Ancient Greek noun declension, as described within the framework of Natural Morphology, has three macroclasses, with the nom. and gen. sg. as reference forms. The first macroclass is constituted by feminines with a word-final thematic vowel (V) in the nom. plus a suffix -s in the gen., such as phḗmē ‘reputation’. The second macroclass i…

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Wolfgang Dressler and Georgia Katsouda, “Nominal System (Gender, Number, Case)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000250>
First published online: 2013

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