Adjectival ša syntagms and adjectives in Old Babylonian

Eran Cohen*

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This paper describes attribution in Old Babylonian. The principles drawn upon are the traditional view of Akkadian syntax, modern Semitic syntax, and the principles of European structuralism. Bringing all these together, while exemplifying and proving previous unexplained statements by using Old Babylonian material, renders the whole issue tangible for every linguistically-oriented reader, ša syntagms are described, each component separately, as a pronominal construct nucleus with an attribute; this attribute is either a nominal or a clause, ša syntagms, being appositive to a referent substantive (when occurring), are in the same paradigm with adjectives, which are shown to have the same components as ša syntagms: a pronominal nucleus, an attribute and the attributive link between them.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25-52
Number of pages28
JournalBulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


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