Law of Limitation
(1,100 words)

Abstract

The ‘Law of Limitation’ refers to a phonological process that is sensitive to the weight of the word-final syllable and limits how far from the end of a word an accent may be located. In doing so, it determines the phonologically accentable domain of the word. The Law of Limitation arose via a Proto-Greek or Common Greek change and is a distinctive feature of the language.

The ‘Law of Limitation’ refers to a phonological process that limits how far from the end of a word an accent may be located: if the word-final syllable is light (Syllabl…

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Dieter Gunkel, “Law of Limitation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 26 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_000034>
First published online: 2013



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