Perispomenon

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In Ancient Greek grammar, a perispomenon (περισπώμενον) is a word with a high-low pitch contour on the last syllable, indicated in writing by a circumflex accent mark. A properispomenon has the same kind of accent, but on the penultimate syllable.[1]

Examples:

  • θεοῦ, theoû, "of a god", is a perispomenon
  • πρᾶξις prâxis "business" is a properispomenon

Etymology[edit]

Peri-spṓmenon means "pronounced with a circumflex",[2] the neuter of the present passive participle of peri-spáō "pronounce with a circumflex" (also "draw off").[3] Pro-peri-spṓmenon adds the prefix pró "before".[4] περισπωμένη is the Greek name for the accent mark ().

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