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This chapter tries to answer the question of when Greek noun phrases (NPs) are marked with a definite article. To answer this question, it analyses the use of the article in all NPs with a common noun in books 2 and 7 of Herodotus (both with and without modifiers). The reason to limit the analysis to the use of the article with common nouns and to leave proper names, geographical names and substantivised adjectives, participles etc. out of consideration is that these NPs were deemed not suitable for the analysis of the structure of the NP. Before discussing the use of the article in the NPs in the author's corpus, the chapter presents an overview of the literature on the Greek article and definiteness in general. The subsequent discussion consists of three parts: the use of the article in referential NPs, in non-referential NPs and in generic NPs.

Keywords: Greek article; Greek noun phrases (NPs); Herodotus



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