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Vendryes’ Law
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The term ‘Vendryes’ Law’ refers to the retraction of accent from a long penult (egôge ‘I at least’) to a short antepenult (égōge) in Attic and Koine.

Also known as the “law of properispomena in Attic” or “law égōge”, the original formulation of Vendryes’ Law is that “all properispomena with a short antepenultimate syllable became in Attic proparoxytone” (Vendryes 1905:221). Generally, we can say that this law is a manifestation of the tendency, present also in Wheeler’s Law and the Sōtêra rule, to retract the accent as far back as possi…

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Ignacio Rodriguez Alfageme, “Vendryes’ Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000544>
First published online: 2013

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