Romano Lazzeroni

On the law of appellatives in Greek and Vedic: Markedness and transcategorization

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In Greek and in Sanskrit, the change in position of the accent is a distinctive feature of the so-called "law of appellatives". In the present paper, it has been shown that this feature does not characterize only the use of adjectives as appellatives, but also other categories. The explanation proposed here accounts for the different occurrences of the same phenomenon within the theoretical frameworks of prototype theory and Construction Grammar.

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