Deponency in the Diachrony of Greek<sup>*</sup>

Nikolaos Lavidas and Dimitra Papangeli

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

Deponency in the Diachrony of Greek*

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This chapter discusses an investigation of deponent verbs that bear the middle/passive morphology of the Greek language and take an object in the accusative case. It attempts to determine whether there exist any systematic factors from the areas of syntax and semantics that influence the presence of deponent verbs throughout the history of the Greek language. It is concluded that deponent verbs require an independent theoretical explanation, which is drawn from the properties of morphology.

Keywords: middle morphology; passive morphology; Greek language; accusative case; systematic factors; properties of morphology

Chapter.  9283 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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