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

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

byTorsten Meissner

Hardcover | May 6, 2006

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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 categoryis 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 intoprehistory, 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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Title:S-Stem Nouns and Adjectives in Greek and Proto-Indo-European: A Diachronic Study in Word FormationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:May 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199280088

ISBN - 13:9780199280087

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Study of a Suffix1. The History2. The Neuter S-Stem Nouns3. The Animate S-Stem Nouns4. The S-Stem AdjectivesEpilogue: Combining the Threads