Case in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction by Rebecca HasselbachCase in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction by Rebecca Hasselbach

Case in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction

byRebecca Hasselbach

Hardcover | June 16, 2013

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This book sets out a new reconstruction for the Semitic case system. It is based on a detailed analysis of the expression of grammatical roles and relations in the attested Semitic languages and, for the first time, brings typological methods to bear in the study of these features in Semiticlanguages and their reconstruction for proto-Semitic. Professor Hasselbach supports her argument with detailed analyses of a wide range of data and presents it in a way that will be accessible to both Semitists and typologists. The volume is divided into seven chapters: the first discusses basic methodologies used in Semitic linguistics and the limitations thereof. The second presents the evidence for morphological case-marking in the individual Semitic languages, the conventional reconstruction of Proto-Semitic, and theevidence which conflicts with it. The third introduces typological concepts and methods and their deployment in Semitic. Chapter 4 considers the case alignment of early Semitic. Chapter 5 presents a detailed study of marking structures and patterns and considers what these reveal about the nature ofthe original case system. Chapter 6 looks at the functions of case markers, considers the light they cast on the nominal system, and shows that the reconstruction of early Semitic as ergative is implausible. In the final chapter the author argues that early Semitic had a different nominal systemfrom that of the later Semitic languages. She shows that the course of its development has parallels in other Afroasiatic languages, including Berber and Cushitic. Her book sheds important new light on the history of the Semitic languages and on the early development of the Afro-Asiatic languagefamily as a whole.
Rebecca Hasselbach has been Assistant Professor of Comparative Semitics at the University of Chicago since 2005, before which she was Preceptor for Semitic Philology at Harvard. Her publications include Sargonic Akkadian: A Historical and Comparative Study of the Syllabic Texts (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005).
Title:Case in Semitic: Roles, Relations, and ReconstructionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:June 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019967180X

ISBN - 13:9780199671809

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations1. Introduction2. The Semitic case system: basic evidence and traditional reconstruction3. Linguistic Typology4. Grammatical roles and the alignment of Semitic5. Head- and dependent-marking in Semitic6. The function of case markers in Semitic7. ConclusionsBibliographyIndexes of names and subjects