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Greek Prepositions: From Antiquity to the Present

Pietro Bortone


New prepositions in Greek express solely spatial meanings, simultaneously lost by their older synonyms, whose use becomes restricted to non‐spatial senses—unless a recent synonym is not available. In time, new prepositions too develop non‐spatial meanings, eventually losing their spatial ones completely, repeating the life‐cycle of their predecessors.

Keywords: Greek, prepositions, cases, diachrony, localism

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556854.001.0001


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Pietro Bortone, author
University of Illinois, Chicago
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