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Name: Guy  Deutscher
Institution: Universiteit Leiden
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Homepage: http://website.leidenuniv.nl/~deutscherg/
State and/or Country: Netherlands   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Specialty: Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Akkadian
Selected Publications: Books:

The Unfolding of Language (2005) London: W. Heinemann, New York: Metropolitan.

Syntactic Change in Akkadian: the evolution of sentential complementation. Oxford University Press (2000).


'Stability against the odds: the survival of verb final word order in Akkadian', in R. Sornicola et al. (eds.) Stability, Variation and Change of Word-Order Patterns over Time. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2000) 55-69.

'On the mechanisms of morphological change', in Folia Linguistica Historica 22:1-2 (2001) 41-48.

'The rise and fall of a rogue relative construction', in Studies in Language 25:3 (2001) 405-422.

'On the misuse of the notion of 'abduction' in Linguistics' in Journal of Linguistics 38:3 (2002)468-85.

'The origin of ergativity in Sumerian, and the inversion in pronominal agreement: a historical explanation based on Neo-Aramaic parallels' (with Eleanor Coghill),in Orientalia 71:3 (2002) 267-290.

Announced on LINGUIST :  Syntactic Change in Akkadian, the evolution of sentential complementation.
 The Unfolding of Language
 Syntactic Change in Akkadian
 Du Jane, ich Goethe: Eine Geschichte der Sprache
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  The Unfolding of Language
Courses Taught: Historical Linguistics

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