Remarks on the Historical Development and Syntax of the Copula in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects

@article{Khan2018RemarksOT,
  title={Remarks on the Historical Development and Syntax of the Copula in North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic Dialects},
  author={Geoffrey Khan},
  journal={Aramaic Studies},
  year={2018}
}
  • G. Khan
  • Published 19 November 2018
  • Linguistics
  • Aramaic Studies
This paper examines some aspects of the morphology and syntax of the copula in the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic (NENA) dialects. The first part proposes a possible pathway for the diachronic development of the morphology of the copula, with particular attention to the innovative inflection of the 3rd person. It is argued that this originated in deictic constructions that were reanalysed as deictic copulas. The second part offers a functional explanation for the position of the copula before or… 
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