S-Stem Nouns and Adjectives in Greek and Proto-Indo-European:A Diachronic Study in Word Formation: A Diachronic Study in Word Formation

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OUP Oxford, Apr 6, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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This book deals with one aspect of Greek and Proto-Indo-European nominal morphology, the formation, inflection and semantics of s-stem nouns and adjectives. It uncovers the mechanisms of their creation and shows their limitation. The established view that the nouns are an unproductive category is challenged; at the same time, the expanding and partly changing nature of the basis governing the creation of the adjectives is explained. Morphology and semantics are studied in tandem,and a large chronological span of the Greek language is covered. The historical side is then extended into prehistory, and in particular the Greek evidence is tested against recent theories on Proto-Indo-European ablaut, leading to a reassessment of the morphonological characteristics in question.

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Torsten Meissner is University Lecturer in Classics (Philology and Linguistics), and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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