Agent Nouns
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Abstract

Agent nouns (nomina agentis) in Greek are formed by several suffixes (-tḗr/-́tōr, -tās, -tēs, -eús, as well as some others). This article discusses their feminine counterparts, productivity, distribution and diachrony.

Agent nouns ( nomina agentis) in Greek were formed by means of the following suffixes (with their feminine counterparts):

i.
-tḗr/-́tōr, feminine   -́teir-ă, -́tri-ă
ii.
-tās (Attic-Ionic -tēs), feminine -́t-id-
iii.
-eús, feminine -́ei-ă
iv.
(late) feminine -́issa
v.
(late) feminine -aríā (?) (bor…

Cite this page
Vit Bubenik, “Agent Nouns”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 22 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000024>
First published online: 2013



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