Studies in Semitic Grammaticalization
Harvard University, 2005 - 177 pages
This ground-breaking study examines the historical development of the Semitic languages from the point of view of grammaticalization, the linguistic process whereby lexical items and constructions lose their lexical meaning and serve grammatical functions. The author first provides an introduction to this process, followed by a comprehensive overview--with abundant examples from ancient and modern languages--of how it is exemplified in Semitic. Three successive chapters are devoted to in-depth studies of specific cases of grammaticalization: the definite article in Central Semitic, direct object markers across Semitic, and present tense prefixes in modern Arabic and Aramaic dialects. Drawing on evidence from many non-Semitic languages, from recent developments in the field of historical linguistics, and from traditional Comparative Semitics, this book represents a major contribution to the field of Comparative Semitics.
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Classification of Semitic
Grammaticalization in Semitic
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adjectives Akkadian Amharic Aramaic dialects attested auxiliary Babylonian Baghdadi Biblical Hebrew Brockelmann Brustad Canaanite Chadian Arabic chapter Classical Arabic cognate construction copula definite article demonstrative derives direct object direct object marker discussion Egyptian English Ethiopic etymology examples of grammaticalization existential future tense marker Ge'ez genitive exponents grammaticalization grammaticalized form Hetzron Huehnergard inflected Jewish Leslau lexeme lexical linguistic Lipinski locative m.sg Maltese Mandaic mark meaning Mishnaic Hebrew Modern Hebrew Modern South Arabian Moroccan Arabic NENA Neo-Aramaic Noldeke nominal nota accusativi notae accusativi noted noun object pronouns object suffixes Old Aramaic original Palestinian parallel participle past tense personal pronouns Phoenician phonetic phonological phrase plural prefix preposition prepositional accusative present tense marker pronominal objects pronominal suffix Proto-Semitic reflexive pronoun root semantic Semitic languages simply suggests Syriac Targum third person Tigre Tigrinya tion Tropper Turoyo Ugaritic verb verbal suffix word Yemeni Arabic