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

Torsten Meissner


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 prehist ... More

Keywords: nominal morphology, semantics, Greek language, s-stem nouns, s-stem adjectives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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