Presentatives in Comparative View: Biblical Hebrew and Neo-Aramaic

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In this paper I intend to compare the presentative systems of two Semitic languages:Biblical Hebrew and Neo-Aramaic. The two languages have a well-defined system of presentatives, and have many points in common:1. Complementing perception verbs2. Constituting the second part of object nexus3. Circumstantial function4. Shifting point of view to that of the character/expressing surprise5. Temporal/aspectual limitation to the opposition between contemporaneity vs. perfect6. From the point of view of FSP these expressions are always rhematic, conveying new information8. Having relationship with concrete presentation (that is, into reality)9. Having some part in the verbal system: present-related tenses10. Despite several of
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Tur Abdin to Hadramawt: Semitic Studies. . Edited by Tal Davidovich, Ablahad Lahdo, and Torkel Lindquist
Subtitle of host publicationFestschrift in Honour of Bo Isaksson on the occasion of his retirement
EditorsTal Davidovich, Ablahad Lahdo, Torkel Lindquist
PublisherHarrassowitz Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783447102650
StatePublished - 2014


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