LINGUIST List 21.1876|
Mon Apr 19 2010
Qs: Nonverbal Subject Agreement: Proto-Afroasiatic
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1. Julien Peter
Nonverbal Subject Agreement: Proto-Afroasiatic and/or Proto-Berber
Message 1: Nonverbal Subject Agreement: Proto-Afroasiatic and/or Proto-Berber
From: Julien Peter Benney <jpbenneygmail.com>
Subject: Nonverbal Subject Agreement: Proto-Afroasiatic and/or Proto-Berber
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In reference to Leon Stassen's excellent book "Intransitive Predication,"
looking at the predicate data for colour adjectives in Kabyl on page
506, I am curious as to whether the suffix -eth given there is really a
relict of a system of nonverbal person agreement markers that were
once more widely present either in Berber languages or possibly in
Afroasiatic languages more generally.
I study linguistics as a hobby (and have done so on and off for a very
long time). The research I am doing is essentially for personal study of
nonverbal subject agreement and it is of considerable interest to
me. I have tried to contact Stassen himself but cannot get through to
When it says "suffixal conjugation occurs only in Kabyl, the
easternmost Berber language in the sample," is this suffixal conjugation
possibly a relictual case of general nonverbal person agreement for
nominal predicates in earlier forms of Berber that have now been
almost completely supplanted by the particle copula d' described in
Chapter 2 of Intransitive Predication?
In other words, did earlier forms of Berber, and possibly Proto-
Afroasiatic, have a predication system:
1.) of type V-V-N-L
2.) whereby verbs and adjectives used one set of person markers
3.) and the nominal strategy involved a different set from those used on
verbal and adjectival predicates (ie. nonverbal subject agreement)?
Thank you very much,
Julien Peter Benney
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