Motion, Voice, and Mood in the Semitic Verb (Languages of the Ancient Near East) (Hardcover)

Motion, Voice, and Mood in the Semitic Verb (Languages of the Ancient Near East) By Henning Ambjörn Sjörs Cover Image

Motion, Voice, and Mood in the Semitic Verb (Languages of the Ancient Near East) (Hardcover)

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This book explores the relationship between the so-called ventive morpheme in Akkadian (-am) and the related suffixes -n and -a in other Semitic languages, including Amarna Canaanite, Ugaritic, Hebrew, and Arabic. Using formal reconstructions of the various morphemes and a functional analysis of their different usages, Ambj rn Sj rs convincingly argues that these endings are cognate morphemes that were formally and functionally related to the ventive morpheme in Akkadian.

Sj rs provides a systematic description of non-allative ventive verbs in Old Babylonian, the energic and volitive in Amarna Canaanite, the energic and lengthened prefix conjugation in Ugaritic, the lengthened imperfect consecutive in Biblical Hebrew, and the subjunctive and energic in Classical Arabic. Sj rs explains how these verb forms were used within the framework of grammaticalization theory and demonstrates how the suffixes are historically related.

Clearly and persuasively argued, Motion, Voice, and Mood in the Semitic Verb sheds valuable light on the Akkadian ventive and its relationship to the other related morphemes. It will be welcomed by linguists specializing in Akkadian, Amarna Canaanite, Ugaritic, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Product Details ISBN: 9781646022267
ISBN-10: 1646022262
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Publication Date: February 17th, 2023
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Languages of the Ancient Near East