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The article presents the realization of suppletion in Ancient Greek; it provides examples illustrating the affected categories, i.e., lexemes and functional elements, and shows that suppletion abundantly arises in the context of inflection but is also present in other word-formation processes.

1. Introduction

The term suppletion derives from the Latin verb suppleō ‘fill up, make up for a loss’, and first appears in linguistics in the late 19th c. (Osthoff 1899). With the advent of struct…

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Angela Ralli, “Suppletion”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000329>
First published online: 2013

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