Vol. 53 No. 2 (2015)

Divagazioni sulla legge degli appellativi in greco e in vedico

Romano Lazzeroni
University of Pisa

Published 2016-05-09


  • Indo-European languages,
  • appellatives,
  • stress,
  • proper names,
  • vocative


In Greek and in Sanskrit, the change in stress position is a distinctive feature of the socalled ‘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 oppositions. Such an explanation is proposed that accounts for the different occurrences of the same phenomenon within the theoretical framework of prototype theory.