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Historical Aspects of Standard Negation in Semitic (Ambjorn Sjors) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004348547
Historical Aspects of Standard Negation in Semitic (Ambjorn Sjors) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2018) 9789004348547
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Title: Historical Aspects of Standard Negation in Semitic

Author: Sjors, Ambjorn

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004348547

Volumes: 1; Pages: 470

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In Historical Aspects of Standard Negation in Semitic Ambjorn Sjors investigates the grammar of standard negation in a wide selection of Semitic languages. The bulk of the investigation consists of a detailed analysis of negative constructions and is based on a first-hand examination of the examples in context.

The main issues that are investigated in the book relate to the historical change of the expression of verbal negation in Semitic and the reconstruction of the genealogical relationship of negative constructions. It shows how negation is constantly renewed from the reanalysis of emphatic negative constructions, and how structural asymmetries between negative constructions and the corresponding affirmative constructions arise from the linguistically conservative nature of negative vis-a-vis affirmative clauses.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Tables and Diagrams

Abbreviations, Terminology, and Symbols

Part 1: Introduction

1 Preliminaries

2 On the Grammar of Negation

Part 2: Presentation and Analysis of the Material

3 Old Assyrian and East Semitic

4 Ugaritic

5 Standard Biblical Hebrew

6 Phoenician

7 Aramaic, Deir Alla, and Sam?alian

8 Quran Arabic

9 Minaic, Sabaic, and Ancient South Arabian

10 Jibbali and Modern South Arabian

11 Tigre and Tigrinya

12 Amharic and Harari

13 Gafat, Kistane, and Peripheral Western Gurage

Part 3: Concluding Discussion

14 Innovative Expressions of Negation

15 Other Negators and Negative Asymmetries

16 Reconstruction

References

Index
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