Syntactic Focus Marking in Jewish Zakho

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This paper concentrates on syntactic focus signals in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect of Zakho (henceforth JZ), particularly on cleft construc-tions. The paper is constructed as follows: (1) a working definition of fo-cus is suggested, followed by (2) a synopsis of the entire focus system of JZ. Looking specifically at syntactic focus signals, (3) a special use of (oth-erwise) subject personal pronouns is discussed and (4) a discussion and analysis of cleft constructions, taking into consideration the entire array of copular structures in JZ
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeo-Aramaic Dialect Studies
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a Workshop on Neo-Aramaic held in Cambridge 2005
Editors Geoffrey Khan
PublisherGorgias Press
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2008

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Name Neo-Aramaic studies


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