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The article presents the realization of suppletion in Ancient Greek; it provides examples illustrating the affected categories, i.e., lexemes and functional elements, and shows that suppletion abundantly arises in the context of inflection but is also present in other word-formation processes.

1. Introduction

The term suppletion derives from the Latin verb suppleō ‘fill up, make up for a loss’, and first appears in linguistics in the late 19th c. ( Osthoff 1899). With the adv…

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Angela Ralli, “Suppletion”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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