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Word Formation (Derivation, Compounding)
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Word formation in Ancient Greek comprises two processes, derivation and compounding. Both reach back to (Proto-)Indo-European and became very productive in Greek, bringing about a considerable expansion of the lexicon. These word formation processes (a) are governed by structural principles, (b) show interaction (between derivation and compounding, and also mutually between distinct derivational …

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Alfons Wouters, Pierre Swiggers, Toon van Hal and Lambert Isebaert, “Word Formation (Derivation, Compounding)”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000376>
First published online: 2013

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