24.1890, Books: Case in Semitic: Hasselbach

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Date: Wed, 01 May 2013 11:53:21
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Subject: Case in Semitic: Hasselbach

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Title: Case in Semitic 
Subtitle: Roles, Relations, and Reconstruction 
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199671809.do 


Author: Rebecca Hasselbach

Hardback: ISBN:  9780199671809 Pages: 384 Price: U.K. £ 65.00


Abstract:

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 Semitic
languages 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 the
evidence 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 of
the 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 system
from 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 language family as
a whole.
 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                     Historical Linguistics
                     Syntax
                     Typology

Language Family(ies): Semitic


Written In: English  (eng)

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