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Thematic Vowel, Stem Formation
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Stem formation in Ancient Greek, of both nouns (and adjectives) and verbs, is of two different types, thematic and athematic. When a stem agrees in form with a (verbal or nominal) root, it is called a root-stem, and is therefore athematic, but when a thematic vowel is attached to a root, a thematic stem is formed. The distinction between th…

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Georgios Papanastassiou, “Thematic Vowel, Stem Formation”, 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_00000348>
First published online: 2013

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