On the passiveness of one pattern in jewish babylonian aramaic - A linguistic and philological discussion

Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal*

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss the passiveness of one pattern in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic, the pattern which consists of the passive participle and the preposition 'l' followed by a pronominal suffix. I will demonstrate that this pattern is indeed a passive construction. For this purpose I will deal with the definition of what a passive construction is in general, then apply this definition to the construction under review, and conclude my discussion by treating some of the possible objections that could be raised against this analysis. As will become clear, this pattern, like similar patterns in other languages, raises the crucial question whether it is possible to have a passive sentence without a clear active partner. This paper will endorse a positive answer to this question.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)111-143
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Semitic Studies
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

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