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Word Formation (Derivation, Compounding)

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Author(s): Alfons Wouters | Pierre Swiggers | Toon van Hal | Lambert Isebaert
Abstract 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 mechanisms), (c) fulfill a wide range of functional roles, and (d) are liable to technical usages and to marked stylistic exploitations. 1. Introduction Word formation …
Date: 2014-01-22