Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond, edited by Bo Isaksson and Maria Persson. Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 96. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015.
418 pages. ISBN 978-3-447-10405-0.
The volume presents the results of an international project carried out in co-operation between the Uppsala University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Lund University and the University of Gothenburg. The questions put forward in the project were: How is hypotaxis marked in Semitic, other than by conjunctions? How does this affect the organization of texts? More specifically, what constitutes a circumstantial clause? To find an answer to these questions, all the major Semitic language families and some modern spoken Semitic dialects were surveyed within the project.
Thus, Clause Combining in Semitic: The Circumstantial Clause and Beyond examines how different kinds of clauses combine to a text in a number of Semitic languages (Ethio-Semitic not included). Specifically, many of its chapters examine how circumstantial clauses are coded in individual Semitic languages.
Contents of the volume:
Clause Combining in Arabic dialects
Circumstantial Clause Linking in Egyptian Arabic Narration
Non-main Clause Combining in Damascene Arabic:
A scale of markedness
Clause Combining in Written Arabic
The Domain of Verbal Circumstantial Clauses in Classical Arabic
Clause Combining in Biblical Hebrew
The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew. A Clause Combining Approach
Clause Combining in Modern Spoken Aramaic
Circumstantial Clause Combining in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect
Clause Combining in Epigraphic South Arabian
The Problem of Circumstantial Clause Combining (CCC) in Sabaean
Clause Combining in East Semitic
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Old Babylonian Akkadian
Index of terms
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015, 1. , 418 p.
clause combining, clause linking, semitic languages, syntax, circumstantial clause, subordination