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Title: The syntax of reduced nominals in Akkadian
Author: Henry, Mark James
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis investigates within a generative framework a cluster of morphological and syntactic facts in the Old Babylonian variety of Akkadian, whose common property, despite many divergences, is the occurrence of structurally reduced nominal constituents. Akkadian nominals, whilst in their normal morphosyntactic form fairly rich both inflectionally and in their capacity to support complex nominal constituents, appear in various restricted syntactic contexts in reduced forms, entailing the loss of affixal expression of features (especially case, as well as gender and number), the barring of modifiers, as well as other restrictions. These phenomena may be divided into several major categories, one of which has clear parallels in well-studied Semitic languages (the nominal-internal 'construct state'), and others which do not have such parallels, including nouns in the construct-state morphological form as heads of relative clauses and the 'stative' (a peculiar form of nominal predication). Each of these phenomena is described, investigated and analysed in successive chapters, both individually and in terms of their interrelations and differences, and their possible implications for various aspects of generative syntactic theory are explored. For example, the investigation of the Akkadian construct state construction has important implications for aspects of the general generative theory of these constructions; construct-headed relative clauses both for this and for the theory of headed relative clauses, especially for the ongoing debate concerning the internal/external status of the head and some of the fine properties of the 'raising analysis'; the stative suggests the hitherto unrecognised existence of denominal incorporation to a verbal head producing a copula-like interpretation. This is the first extended generative study both of the Akkadian construct state and of the other phenomena mentioned above.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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