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Proper Names

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The Greek proper names are treated of as a separate word class because they constitute special systems of categories with form characteristics of their own in some of the subclasses. Names constituting a paradigm of five (case-) categories: names of non-persons, mainly geographical names. Besides geographical names this class comprises names of months, days, feasts and ships. Just as the geographical names the personal names have no categories of number. In addition to the classes of names discussed so far there are two groups of words which are usually also called "names" but which do not fully deserve to be considered as such. These are the ethnic substantives and adjectives. As both the ethnic substantives and adjectives do not indicate individual persons or things, but members of a unique group and relations with unique persons or things, they are from the semantical view point in between proper names and appellatives.

Keywords: adjectives; ethnic substantives; geographical names; Greek proper names; non-persons names; personal names



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