Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34228

Still Needed:

$40772

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Syntactic Change in Akkadian, the evolution of sentential complementation.
Written By: Guy Deutscher
Description:

Akkadian is the oldest Semitic language, and one of the earliest and longest attested languages (ca. 2500 to 500BC). Its richly documented history contains a large corpus of letters written in a spontaneous and colloquial style, which are as close to the spoken language as can be expected from any written genre. Using this unique historical corpus, Guy Deutscher examines the development of complements and other subordinate structures in Akkadian over a period of two millennia. The book addresses various theoretical issues relating to sentential complementation, and attempts to resolve these by maintaining a strict division between a functional and a structural perspective. The diachronic changes in Akkadian are examined from these two different perspectives. The structural history follows the development of new structures: it describes how finite complements first emerged from adverbial clauses, only during the historical period. It also traces the slow grammaticalization of a quotative construction, over a period of two millennia. The functional history charts the changes in the roles of existing structures over time. It shows how, during the history of the language, finite subordination became more widespread, whereas other structures (e.g. infinite complementation and parataxis) receded. Finally, the developments in Akkadian are examined from a comparative perspective, and are shown to have parallels in many other languages. It is suggested that some of the historical changes in Akkadian may be seen as 'adaptive', and related to the development of more complex patterns of communication in a more complex society.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Akkadian
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198299885
ISBN-13: N/A
Prices: #40.00 $70.00