Anarthrous

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Anarthrous nouns in Greek are nouns not preceded by an article.

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English

Etymology

an- +‎ arthrous, from Ancient Greek ἄρθρον (árthron, “joint; grammatical article”).

Pronunciation

/aˈnɑːθɹəs/

Adjective

anarthrous (not comparable)

(linguistics) Not having an article (especially of Greek nouns).  

2009, Daniel B. Wallace, Granville Sharp's Canon and Its Kin: Semantics and Significance, ISBN 978-0-8204-3342-4, page 252:

Proper names are usually anarthrous (since they need no article to be definite), except in cases of anaphora

(linguistics) Not having a determiner.  

2007 February 16, Michael T. Wescoat, “Preposition-determiner contractions: an analysis in optimality-theoretic lexical-functional grammar with lexical sharing”, Proceedings of LFG07, accessed on 2013-10-10: Meigret (1888), treats French P-D contractions as simple prepositions governing anarthrous objects. Associating determiners with NP, Abeillé et al. consider the determinerless objects to be instances of N'.

Nouns indicating status often appear in anarthous noun phrases, ie, as bare nouns.

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