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Bibil Identifier bibil:213632
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Origin of the Official Aramaic Quotative Marker lʾmr
Author Pat-El, Na'ama
Journal Aramaic Studies (Volume: 7, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 27-38 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Official Aramaic, lʾmr, the old infinitive of the verb √ʾmr, became the main form capable of introducing direct speech, even when there is another verbum dicendi present. The origin of the pattern has been the subject of several studies and has been assumed to be either an Aramaic innovation or a loan from Biblical Hebrew. An examination of the distribution and syntax of the form shows that it cannot be an Aramaic innovation and is highly unlikely to be borrowed from Hebrew. It is further suggested that the pattern is an Egyptian calque.
DOI 10.1163/147783509X12462819875391
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Semitic Languages : North-West Semitic : Aramaic : Late Aramaic : Eastern Aramaic : Syriac
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Languages / Epigraphy : Egyptian Languages
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