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This chapter presents an overview of the various possible Ancient Greek noun phrases (NPs) patterns with a short description of the circumstances under which they are used. The general characteristic of the XN and the NX patterns is that they lack an article. The absence of the article may either be due to the fact that the NP is non-referential, or to the fact that the referent to which the NP refers is not identifiable. The XaN and aNX patterns refer to an identifiable referent and like in the reference patterns, the position of the modifier in relation to the noun depends on its saliency. The difference with the reference patterns resides in the marking and function of the modifiers. Multiple-modifier NPs are indefinite if the NP is either non-referential or refers to an unidentifiable referent, while they are definite if the NP refers to an identifiable referent.

Keywords: Ancient Greek; article; modifiers; noun phrases (NPs) patterns



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