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Author Deutscher, Guy, 1969-

Title Syntactic change in Akkadian : the evolution of sentential complementation / Guy Deutscher
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford Univ. Press, [2000]
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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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 188-195) and indexes
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Subject Akkadian language -- Complement.
Akkadian language -- Grammar, Historical.
Akkadian language -- Syntax.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191544833 (electronic bk.)
9780191544835 (electronic bk.)