Category: Noun and Noun Phrase


A colleague recently ask me about Biraud’s treatment of determiners in Ancient Greek and its implications for the DP hypothesis (Determiner Phrase hypothesis). I had not seen the book in over a decade, so I put my colleague off… Read More

Addition to the Bibliography

I have added Chiara Gianollo and Nikolaos Lavidas’ paper, “Cognate Adverbials and Case in the History of Greek” to the Comprehensive Bibliography of Hellenistic Greek Linguistics. While the title implies coverage of a wide range of history, the… Read More

On Generating the Greek Noun Phrase

After many years away from seriously analyzing Greek Noun Phrases I am rereading Cheryl A. Black and Stephen Marlett’s article “On generating the Greek noun phrase” (Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota… Read More

Noun Entries in a Future Lexicon: ἔλεος

Our current lexica for Hellenistic Greek fall into two categories on the basis of their approach. The more traditional ones offer suggested translations (not real definitions) and examples of usage. The UBS lexicon classifies words on the basis… Read More

Lesson 4: Nouns

I have updated all of the exercises and the vocabulary quiz for Lesson 4: Nouns. Exercise 1: Recognize Masculine Case Forms Exercise 2: Recognizing Neuter Noun Forms Exercise 3: Distinguishing Masculine and Neuter 2nd Declension Nouns Exercise 4:… Read More

Case Attraction in Ancient Greek

Have any of you read Scott Grimm’s 2007 article, “Case Attraction in Ancient Greek”? (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2007, Volume 4363/2007, 139-153.) The abstract looks very interesting. You can purchase online access for $25, but I’m not… Read More

Full text of "On Generating the Greek Noun Phrase"

Cheryl A. Black and Stephen A. Marlett’s 1996 paper, “On Generating the Greek Noun Phrase,” for Working Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics is now available as a PDF download from

Lesson 16: More Third Declension Nouns

I revised lesson 16, “More Third Declension Nouns,” and the course lexicon several days ago, but have just now uploaded the changes. I’m working from Perú. Lesson 16

Lesson 15: Third Declension Nouns

Yesterday I completed my rewrite of Lesson 15: Third Declension Nouns (Consonant Stems), for the online grammar at The lesson comes complete with several automated exercises to help you recognize these nouns as well as automated vocabulary… Read More