Syntactic Change in Akkadian: The Evolution of Sentential Complementation (Paperback)
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Syntactic Change in Akkadian: The Evolution of Sentential Complementation (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/11/2007
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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 evolution of linguistic structures, showing for example how finite complements and embedded questions became more widespread as other parataxis and non-finite complements receded. In the final part of the book the author puts these changes in a broader typological perspective and compares the development of Akkadian to similar processes in other languages. The emergence of finite complementation may, he suggests, be an adaptive process, related to the growing complexity of communication. This book throws new light on the nature of linguistic change and offers fresh insights on a language that has rarely been presented to non-specialists, despite its enormous historical importance.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199532223
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 233 x 155 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review from previous edition It is arguably the most successful attempt at combining linguistics and Assyriology, and the work combines clarity of argumentation with new thinking about Akkadian grammar. * Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies *
Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable book. It is a highly original and even a pioneering work. * Bibliotheca Orientalis *
A pioneering survey, an original and badly needed exploration of historical Akkadian syntax. * Diachronica *
An important milestone... and an extremely well-thought-out study, combining competence in both Assyriology and general linguistics, whose features are a clear argumentation, carefully distilled and lucid data, and good comparative typological evidence. This reviewer found the reading of this book to be pure pleasure. * Journal of Semitic Studies *
Important and innovative. * Word *

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