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On adjunct clause positioning in Earlier Egyptian
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Historisk-filosofiska fakulteten, Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia, Arkeologi.
2016 (engelsk)Inngår i: Revue d'égyptologie, ISSN 0035-1849, E-ISSN 1783-1733, Vol. 67, s. 179-197Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

It is argued that in Earlier (Old and Middle) Egyptian the placement of adjunct (or “adverbial”) clauses either before or after the main clause follows a set of cross-linguistically well-founded parameters. Unmarked adjunct clauses, whose syntactic and semantic character are not grammatically indicated, are always sentence-final inasmuch as their precise interpretation represents a function of their sequential positioning. By contrast, marked adjunct clauses, whose adjunctive status and meaning are explicitly signalled by means of a connecting morpheme, show greater flexibility of placement, but here one also observes a clear positioning hierarchy based on semantics. Although sentence-final position remains canonical, clauses whose function is to establish a conditional, presupposed, or prior temporal frame to the main clause are notably more often found placed initially than clauses describing e.g. subsequent states of affairs or outcomes of the main clause situation. This phenomenon is argued to reflect a generic cognitive principle known as iconicity of sequence, wherebythe ordering of linguistic expressions tends to mimic the temporal, “logical”,etc. ordering of the situations described.

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2016. Vol. 67, s. 179-197
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335141DiVA, id: diva2:1161700
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-11-30 Laget: 2017-11-30 Sist oppdatert: 2017-11-30

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