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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Brill (2021)

The morphosyntax of the Neo-Aramaic languages displays a considerable degree of diversity, especially in terms of agreement. Paul M. Noorlander offers a detailed account of nearly all microvariation documented so far, addressing the relevant morphosyntactic phenomena. By means of fully glossed and translated examples, the author shows that this vast variation in morphological alignment, including ergativity, is unexpected from a functional typological perspective. He argues the alignment splits are rather the outcome of several construction-specific processes such as internal system harmonization and grammaticalization, as well as language contact.

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