In this paper, a common paratactic conditional construction, found in the letter corpus of Old Babylonian Akkadian (~18th century bce), is given a syntactic characterization so as to differentiate it from other potential sequences. Several distinctive syntactic and semantic features unique to the construction are iden- tified and discussed: polar lexical resumption between the protasis and its pre- ceding co-text; negative polarity items in the protasis; special semantics of verbal forms; and divergence from the common modal-congruence. In addition, the structural variables are formulated, and eventually the construction itself is com- pared with another construction, the circumstantial construction.
|Amsterdam Studies in the Theory and History of Linguistic Science IV
|Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
- Akkadian language
- Old Babylonian Akkadian dialect
- conditional sentence
- negative polarity