Aorist Formation
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Abstract

In Classical Greek, aorist morphology bifurcates into two basic categories, sigmatic and asigmatic. Each category, however, is an amalgamated affiliation that draws on latent PIE morphologies (verbal roots, older sigmatic forms) and serendipities of Greek phonology. The multiplicity and confusion of forms in Homer (where both types of aorists are formed for the same verbal root) both il…

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Joel Christensen, “Aorist Formation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000030>
First published online: 2013



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