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Word Formation (paragōgḗ/súnthesis), Ancient Theories of
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In ancient Greek grammatical theory, word formation falls under the heading of parts of speech. Certain parts of speech have properties of type (eîdos) and shape (skhêma), relating to derivation (paragōg) and compounding (súnthesis), respectively. Ancient Greek grammars devote less attention to these processes than they do to derived vs. compounded words themselves. The type of a word is either primary (prōtótypon) or derived (parágōgon), its shape either simple (haploûn…

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Jaana Vaahtera, “Word Formation (paragōgḗ/súnthesis), Ancient Theories of”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000377>
First published online: 2013

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