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Noun (ónoma), Ancient Theories of
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The term ónoma, which is the general term for naming something / somebody, became a technical term in ancient grammar as the designation of the ‘noun’ class (including common nouns, proper names and adjectives), a basic part of speech in the Western grammatical tradition. This class was defined by its general ‘naming’ content and characterized by a set of formal and semantic features. Several semantic subclasses of the ‘noun’ were distinguished by ancient…

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Alfons Wouters and Pierre Swiggers, “Noun (ónoma), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000249>
First published online: 2013

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