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Bibil Identifier bibil:213615
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Reexamination of the Bare Preterite Base in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Zakho
Author Gutman, Ariel
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 6, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 59-84 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Neo-Aramaic dialects the historic passive participle is used as the base form for the preterite tense. Nonetheless, the scholarly tradition saw it as a passive form, especially when it appears alone as a 'bare form'. A wide corpus study of Jewish Zakho Neo-Aramaic shows, however, that in some cases it is justified to see this form as bearing an active function. This is established through the examination of the information-structure associated with the form. A comparison to an older stratum of Neo-Aramaic, namely the Nerwa texts from the 17th century, provides a possible diachronic explanation of this change.
DOI 10.1163/147783508X371286
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : New Aramaic
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