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Clause Combining in Semitic: The circumstantial clause and beyond
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4667-548X
Lunds universitet.
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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

Heléne Kammensjö

Circumstantial Clause Linking in Egyptian Arabic Narration

Maria Persson

Non-main Clause Combining in Damascene Arabic:

A scale of markedness

Clause Combining in Written Arabic

Michal Marmorstein

The Domain of Verbal Circumstantial Clauses in Classical Arabic

Clause Combining in Biblical Hebrew

Bo Isaksson

The Verbal System of Biblical Hebrew. A Clause Combining Approach

Clause Combining in Modern Spoken Aramaic

Eran Cohen

Circumstantial Clause Combining in the Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect

of Zakho

Clause Combining in Epigraphic South Arabian

Jan Retsö

The Problem of Circumstantial Clause Combining (CCC) in Sabaean

Clause Combining in East Semitic

Eran Cohen

Circumstantial Clause Combining in Old Babylonian Akkadian

Index of terms


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015, 1. , 418 p.
, Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, ISSN 0567-4980 ; 96
Keyword [en]
clause combining, clause linking, semitic languages, syntax, circumstantial clause, subordination
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Semitic Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252082ISBN: 978-3-447-10405-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252082DiVA: diva2:808789
Circumstantial Clause Combining in Semitic
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2197
Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-04-29

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