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Syntactic change in Akkadian : the evolution of sentential complementation

Author: Guy Deutscher
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, ©2000.
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In this book Guy Deutscher examines the historical development of Akkadian, the oldest recorded Semitic language and one of the earliest attested languages. Two thousand years of texts from 2500BC to 500BC provide a unique source for the study of linguistic change. The first two parts of the book present an historical grammar of sentential complementation. Part one traces the emergence of new structures, describing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Deutscher, Guy, Dr.
Syntactic change in Akkadian.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, ©2000
(DLC) 00055086
(OCoLC)44313505
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Guy Deutscher
ISBN: 9780191544835 0191544833
OCLC Number: 352917905
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 204 pages)
Contents: Preface; Abbreviations; Sources, Text Editions; Part I: Preliminary Chapters; Part II: Structural History: The Emergence of Complementizers and Quotatives; Part III: Functional History: The Changes in the Functional Domain of Complementation from 2500 BC to 500 BC; Part IV: The Development of Complementation as an Adaptive Process; Glossary; References; Index of Subjects; Index of Quoted Texts.
Responsibility: Guy Deutscher.

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In this book Guy Deutscher examines the historical development of Akkadian, the oldest recorded Semitic language and one of the earliest attested languages. Two thousand years of texts from 2500BC to 500BC provide a unique source for the study of linguistic change. The first two parts of the book present an historical grammar of sentential complementation. Part one traces the emergence of new structures, describing how finite complements first developed, and tracing the grammaticalization of the quotative construction. Part two examines the language's functional history. It looks at the evolut.

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